Sofiane Feghouli has admitted it will be even more difficult for Algeria in the World Cup qualifiers if they failed in Nigeria next month, while also being openly critical of ex-coach Milovan Rajevac.
Group leaders Nigeria welcome Algeria on November 12 in Uyo after the North Africans were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Cameroon and have parted ways to Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac.
“It will be a difficult trip to Nigeria in November,” conceded West Ham United star Feghouli in an interview.
“We will have to bounce back immediately because if we lost, it will become very complicated to qualify (for the World Cup). We know that.
“Unfortunately, it started badly with the home draw with Cameroon.
“In the group stage, the first match is always very important. But we still a chance as there are still five matches to go.”
Feghouli has been fingered out as leading a player rebellion against coach Rajevac, but while being critical on the choice of the Serb, the forward insisted he has never been selfish while playing for Algeria.
“FAF were wrong in the choice of Rajevac,” he opened up.
“He did not know the names of the players or their positions. There was very little information on Cameroon. We did not prepare as we should.
“But I was not annoyed that I did not start against Cameroon because I do not have any ego problems when I play for the national team. I play for the flag.”