Algeria women's national football team

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Algeria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Fédération Algérienne
de Football
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Other affiliation UAFA (Arab Nations)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Azzedine Chih
Captain Fatima Sekouane
Top scorer Dalila Zeroki
Lilia Boumrar (7)
Home stadium Stade 5 Juillet 1962
FIFA code ALG
FIFA ranking 75 Decrease 6
Highest FIFA ranking 64 (June 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 125 (June 2013)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 France 14–0 Algeria 
(Cesson-Sévigné, France, May 14, 1998)
Biggest win
 Algeria 12–0 Lebanon 
(Alexandria, Egypt, April 16, 2006)
Biggest defeat
 France 14–0 Algeria 
(Cesson-Sévigné, France, May 14, 1998)
African Women's Championship
Appearances 4 (First in 2004)
Best result Group Stage (2004, 2006, 2010, 2014)

The Algeria women's national football team (Arabic: منتخب الجزائر لكرة القدم للسيدات‎) represents Algeria in international women's football. The team is currently ranked 69th in the world in the FIFA women's rankings. The team's highest ranking was 64th, in June 2009.[1] The team is coached by Azzedine Chih. Algeria played its first match in May 14, 1998 against France, and lost 14–0.

Algeria has never qualified for a World Cup. It has qualified four times for the African Women's Championship, in 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2014, all finishing in group stage.

Beginning[edit]

Algeria played its first match in May 14, 1998 against France and was beaten 14–0, who today is still its worst result.

2004 African Women's Championship[edit]

Algeria qualified for its first African Championship in South Africa, after drawing 2–2 and winning 1–0 against Mali in the qualifiers. At the final tournament, Algeria was paired with Nigeria, Cameroon and Mali in Group B. Their opening match was against Nigeria, who was lost 4–0, after being 1–0 at the half-time. Second match was against Mali, won 3–0 with goals of Sedhane at 11 minutes, Imloul at 45' and Laouadi at 46'. Last match where against Cameroon, and ended with a 1–3 loss, with a goal of Imloul at 12 minutes, with this results, Algeria's road in the Championship ended.

2006 African Women's Championship[edit]

Algeria was set to start the qualifications in Round 1, against Libya, but it withdrew, the team advanced to Round 2 by walkover. Their rival in Round 2 where Egypt who both matches where won by 1–0 and 3–0, with the aggregate of 4–0, Algeria qualified to the 2006 African Women's Championship, who was held in Nigeria. Algeria where in Group A along Nigeria, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea. They played the tournament's inaugural match against South Africa, who was loss 4–0. Second match was against Nigeria and was also lost, but his time 6–0. Third match was a 3–3 draw against Equatorial Guinea with goals of Boumrar at the 35 minutes and Bouhani at 56 and 76 minutes. To the date, this was the worst participation in the African Championship of Algeria, having lost two matches, drawing one, scoring 3 goals, receiving 13 goals and ending 8th in the table.

2010 African Women's Championship[edit]

The team again entered to the qualification rounds, this time the rival was Egypt, but withdrew, because this Algeria advanced by walkover. The first round was against Tunisia. In the first leg, they draw 1–1 with goal of Laouadi at the 90+4 minutes, and in second leg they won by 1–0 by a 65 minute goal of Wadah, with an aggregate result of 2–1, Algeria qualified for its third African Women's Championship who was held in South Africa. Algeria was paired in Group B with Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon. Opening match was lost 2–1 to Ghana when it was 1–0 in favour of Algeria in the half-time, the goal was scored at the four minutes by Ouadah. Second match was again lost against Equatorial Guinea by 1–0. Closing match against Cameroon where also lost by 2–1 and a goal of Bouhani at the 55 minutes. These results made the elimination of Algeria.

2014 African Women's Championship[edit]

After not entering the 2012 African Women's Football Championship qualification, Algeria entered to the 2014 qualifiers in the First Round, against neighboring rivals Morocco, winning 2–0 in the first leg with goals of Bouhani at the 12 and 56 minutes; and a 0–0 draw in the second leg, thus advancing to the Second Round with an aggregate of 2–0. The Second Round was against Tunisia, where the first leg was a 2–1 victory thanks to the goals of Laifa at the first minute and Sekouane at the 45 minutes. The second leg was another victory, this time by 3–2, thus qualifying to the tournament in South-African country Namibia, by an aggregate of 5–3.

Algeria was paired in Group B, along with South Africa, Cameroon and Ghana. Their first rival was Ghana, which they won 1–0 by a goal of Houria Affak at the 87 minutes. The second clash was against Cameroon, that ended with a goalless loss of 2–0. The last match was against South Africa, who ended with an overwhelming 5–1 loss, again with a goal of Affak before extra time, at the 90 minutes. Algeria were once more eliminated from a World Cup.

Honours[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

Last matches and results[edit]

Date Location Opponent Score Competition
14 January 2014 Sidi Moussa  Senegal 1 - 2 Friendly
17 January 2014 Algiers  Senegal 3 - 0 Friendly
14 February 2014 Algiers  Morocco 2 - 0 2014 African Women's Championship qualification
1 March 2014 Rabat  Morocco 0 - 0 2014 African Women's Championship qualification
30 April 2014 Algiers  Ivory Coast 1 - 3 Friendly
3 May 2014 Sidi Moussa  Ivory Coast 1 - 2 Friendly
23 May 2014 Algiers  Tunisia 2 - 1 2014 African Women's Championship qualification
8 June 2014 Bizerte  Tunisia 3 - 2 2014 African Women's Championship qualification
4 October 2014 Windhoek  Namibia 1 - 3 Friendly
12 October 2014 Windhoek  Ghana 1 - 0 2014 African Women's Championship
15 October 2014 Windhoek  Cameroon 2 - 0 2014 African Women's Championship
18 October 2014 Windhoek  South Africa 5 - 1 2014 African Women's Championship

Current squad[edit]

Roster for the 2014 African Women's Championship.

Head coach: Azzedine Chih

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 1GK Kahina Takenint (1991-05-21)21 May 1991 (aged 23) Algeria AS Sûreté Nationale
2 4FW Houria Affak (1988-07-11)11 July 1988 (aged 26) Algeria ASE Alger Centre
3 2DF Houria Sedrati (1989-03-19)19 March 1989 (aged 25) Algeria CS Constantine
4 2DF Fatima Sekouane (c) (1983-05-21)21 May 1983 (aged 31) Algeria Affak Relizane
5 2DF Fatima Bara (1990-02-21)21 February 1990 (aged 24) Algeria ASE Alger Centre
6 2DF Fayrouz Benyoub (1995-08-12)12 August 1995 (aged 19) France AS Muret
7 3MF Nachida Laïfa (1982-10-17)17 October 1982 (aged 31) Algeria ASE Alger Centre
8 3MF Lydia Mounia Miraoui (1991-09-24)24 September 1991 (aged 23) France Claix Football Féminin
9 4FW Imene Merrouche (1994-04-25)25 April 1994 (aged 20) Algeria CS Constantine
10 2DF Habiba Sadou (1986-11-01)1 November 1986 (aged 27) Algeria AS Sûreté Nationale
11 3MF Kenza Hadjar (1992-12-24)24 December 1992 (aged 21) Algeria USF Béjaïa
12 2DF Keltoum Aouda (1990-01-01)1 January 1990 (aged 24) Algeria Affak Relizane
13 4FW Mahbouba Bekkouche (1984-04-29)29 April 1984 (aged 30) Algeria JF Khroub
14 3MF Myriam Yasmine Benlazar (1995-06-09)9 June 1995 (aged 19) France Toulouse FC
15 3MF Fethia Bekhedda (1990-07-09)9 July 1990 (aged 24) Algeria Affak Relizane
16 1GK Asma Adda Chaïb (1991-03-23)23 March 1991 (aged 23) Algeria CS Constantine
17 3MF Siham Boutechiche (1980-01-06)6 January 1980 (aged 34) Algeria ASE Alger Centre
18 2DF Khadidja Khelifouche (1990-01-01)1 January 1990 (aged 24) Algeria ASE Alger Centre
19 4FW Naïma Benziane Bouheni (1985-10-23)23 October 1985 (aged 28) Algeria Affak Relizane
20 3MF Sabrina Labiod (1986-06-17)17 June 1986 (aged 28) France AS Muret
21 1GK Nadia Mazouz Algeria JF Khroub

Background and development[edit]

Women's football teams in the country have had to deal with killings around their matches.[3]

All-time record[edit]

  • Correct as of November 3, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ Algeria: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - FIFA.com
  2. ^ "Championnat arabe dames: Le Maroc perd en finale face à l'Algérie". Le Matin (in French). 30 April 2006. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Richard Giulianotti; David McArdle (2006). Sport, Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Routledge. p. 71. ISBN 978-0-7146-5344-0. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 

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