Football: Excitement and delirium before the match against Egypt
Abdelhamid Rahmouni to Ennahar. The supporters play a major role, they must make great pressure because the pressure in Egypt will be greater. Aribi - has advised us to put cotton in our ears in Cairo.
- Abdelhamid Rahmouni, former player of the national team declared that the Algerian supporters must play their role during the match between Algeria and Egypt, because he said the Greens will certainly suffer in the return match. The pressure will certainly be very great in Cairo.
In his first interview with the press, Rahmouni recounts his memories with Mouloudia of Algiers, which he said would be able to be the best team in Algeria. He remembered when he had scored in the woods of Choukri El Ouaer and had silenced the 80,000 Taradji of Tunis supporters.
Ennahar: Tell us about your beginnings
I started at the school of Wifak of Sétif, class until senior school. This was thanks to the public and also to the Coach Aribi that I had my place in the club from the first season. The first meeting was against the Mouloudia of Constantine in 87at the ‘May 8 stadium’.
How did you hold the post despite the presence of big names at that time?
When Laribi (God rest his soul) had seen my capacities, he changed the positions of the first line. Abderrahim Benjaballah was changed from the attack to the position of right winger and Rahmani Abderrezak moved from left to the attack, whereas I held occupied the post of left winger. With Laribi as coach, to play one must make proof.
How did you feel that season after relegation?
In fact, our team did not deserve relegation. We made a good performance during the first phase with 23 points without losing any match, but the mischief of some clubs like Chlef and Ain Beida, which the press had reported, things went bad for us.
What match remains in your mind until now?
For me, the best match I had performed well was the one against FC105 Gabon for the quarter-finals of the African Cup. No one expected this after the qualification after the defeat by the score of 3 to 1, but we won the match by a score of 3 to 0. It was a beautiful match in which we qualified for the semi final.
How do you see the success of today by the Wifak of Sétif and the title of champion this season?
At first, I congratulate the Wifak for the fourth Championship title. I am very happy for the return of the club on the international scene.
How do you see the current situation of Mouloudia of Algiers?
Naturally, the situation is not good, as a club Mouloudia is required to play the leading roles each season. I think that since the withdrawal of Sonatrach for the management of its affairs, the club has lost a lot. With Sonatrach and Djouad as a president, the MCA could form a good team in the league.
Let’s be back to the African Cup of Nations 90, how did you manage to win?
The selection of the season 90 had experienced elements like Madjer, Menad, Amani, Kadri, Osmani and Cherfi Ouezani. We also played in Algeria and we had to win. We made a very good performance in all meetings. I had the chance to win the first African title with the selection. I was the youngest player with Rahim from the USMH.
What is the difference between the selection of 90 and the actual one?
The selection of 90 which was led by the duo Ighil Meziane and Mehdaoui, played together for 5 consecutive seasons. Saïb, Tasfaout, Cherif El Ouezani and Belatoui formed the core of this selection. The selection also comprised 90% of local players. This selection beat Ghana of Abede Pelé by 2 goals to 1 in Tlemcen.
What do you think of the national team now?
I wish them much success, despite the low level and poor performance they make. The national team still faces the problem of professionals who are not regularly attending training camps. As I said earlier, the core of the team should be composed of local players who know each others very well.
You played against the selection of Egyptian and also Egyptian clubs. How do you see this match?
I see that the best asset in this meeting is the supporters which make 80% of the match. The supporters are able to reverse things. The Egyptian fans are very wicked, and then we need to do the same. Our audience must become bad with to the Egyptians ... / ...
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