•Gets dossier on Uyo stadium
By Judith Nwabia
President of Algeria football federation, Mohamed Raouraoua has declared that the FA wont go for a coach that would be too expensive to pay, even as it continues the search for a new manager for the Foxes ahead of the November 12 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.
Raouraoua in an interview granted ENTV said hiring an expensive manager would see FAF running to government for the salary of the coach, a step which he insisted the football federation is not ready to take.
Algeria is shopping for a replacement for Serb tactician, Milovan Rajevac after he resigned following a disappointing 1-1 draw at home with Cameroon.
“We cannot recruit coaches to pay 400 or 500,000 euros a month, I cannot give a salary of 5 or 6 million to a national coach. To do so means that the FA would need government support to pay and we are not ready to do that. In FAF, we work within our means and will not go to government to help in paying a coach as we have not done that since 2009,” Raouraoua said.
Several top French coaches including Rolland Courbis, Alain Perrin and Paul Le Guen have been linked with the vacant Algeria post. But given the position of the FAF boss, it may be difficult for the Foxes to hire any of the coaches.
Meanwhile the Algerian FA has been armed with a dossier of the Uyo Nest of Champions where the Eagles will play host to the Foxes.
Vice President of FAF, Djahid Zefizef was last week in Uyo where he was conducted on a guided tour of the arena by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials. The Algerian FA had made a written request to NFF to be allowed to feel the stadium ahead of the November 12 showdown.