Can the Desert Foxes Return to the World Cup?

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations recently finished and Algeria came away victorious by defeating Senegal 1-0 in Cairo.

It was a great moment for the Algerians as it was their first AFCON title since they won the tournament in 1990.

Back in 1990, Algeria hosted the tournament and defeated Nigeria in the final match.

It was a fitting conclusion to the tournament as the golden generation of Algerian football was coming to an end.

Algeria definitely had its years as one of the best national teams in Africa and nobody can forget the amazing performance at the 1982 World Cup when Algeria defeated West Germany and Chile in the group phase.

After missing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, I think it is safe to say that things are turning around for the Algerians after winning the 2019 AFCON.

Not only does Algeria still have winger Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City playing on top form, but midfielder Ismael Bennacer was voted as the best overall player and best young player of the 2019 AFCON.

Bennacer represented France at the youth international levels but Algerian football fans surely must be thrilled that the dynamic playmaker decided to switch allegiance to the national team of Algeria.

It is easy for Algerian football supporters to get excited after seeing their national team dominate and nearly have a perfect tournament.

But the fact of the matter is that the Africa Cup of Nations is not World Cup qualifying.

Football experts and pundits know that trying to qualify as one of the five teams from Africa is never an easy task.

A good example to provide would be the fact that Egypt won the AFCON in three times in a row from 2006 to 2008 but failed to qualify to the 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cup tournaments.

For some reason, it seems as though some teams play better in tournaments than in qualifying matches that are spread out over long periods of time.

Anyway, we will have to wait and see what happens. But I think it is safe to say that there will be pressure on Algeria to qualify to the 2022 World Cup after becoming the champions of Africa.

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