Algeria has won this year’s FIFA Arab Cup after defeating neighbouring country Tunisia, in a 2-0 victory on Saturday.
The first goal came thanks to thirty-one-year-old Amir Sayoud, who scored in the nineth minute of extra time and the second was by midfielder, Yacine Brahimi, which helped the team secure their win.
Sayoud has been described as an “unexpected hero” after he made his debut during the tournament at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor city. He played during the team’s first game against Sudan, but strangely enough, was kept on the bench until the 66th minute of the final against Tunisia when Madjid Bougherra brought him onto the field. And I bet he’s thanking God he did because that extraordinary left-foot shot into the top corner put Algeria out in front.
Brahimi, on the other hand, took the opportunity after a last-minute corner which was cleared by the Algerian defence. He raced to the other end of the field and scored the final goal of the tournament.
Coach Bougherra dedicated the win to the people of Palestine.
“We dedicate the Arab Cup to the Palestinian people and our people in Gaza,” he said.
The Algerian football team have long been outspoken about the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Just over a week ago, when the team celebrated its win over Morocco in the Arab Cup, footballers waved the Palestinian flag high in front of thousands of people.
Congratulations on the win, Algeria. Now onto the 2022 World Cup.