Algiers, Algeria – (African Boulevard News) – As Algeria prepares to host the TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in 2023, the expectations are high, with the hope that the country’s footballing fortunes will once again shine in the city of Constantine. The city of Constantine holds a special place in Algerian football history. In this city, in 1982, Algeria achieved its first-ever qualification to the FIFA World Cup when they beat Nigeria 2-1 in the final qualifier.
In an interview with CAFOnline.com, Algeria’s National U17 team coach, Ali Remmane expressed hope that the ‘gods of Constantine’ would once again smile on Algeria as they chase their continental dream at the upcoming tournament.
“Our goal is to win this tournament and qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. I also hope that the gods of Constantine will smile on us again. We know that Constantine is an important place for Algerian football, and we hope to repeat the feat of the 1982 team,” Remmane said.
The 2023 TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations will be the 14th edition of the tournament, which features 12 regional teams from all over Africa competing for the title.
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Algeria is confident that it will host a successful tournament, with the country investing heavily in infrastructure and facilities to ensure a world-class experience for participants and fans.
Speaking to CAFOnline.com, the president of the Algerian Football Federation, Kheireddine Zetchi, said, “We are doing everything possible to ensure the tournament’s success. We have invested in state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, and we are ready to welcome the participating teams.”
The TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations is one of the most prestigious youth football tournaments in Africa, with several future superstars showcasing their talent at the tournament in previous years.
The tournament is also an excellent opportunity for young African players to catch the attention of top scouts and secure a move to some of the world’s top clubs.
As Algeria gears up to host the tournament, the nation remains optimistic that the ‘gods of Constantine’ will once again shine on the country, leading to a successful tournament and another historic footballing moment.