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Georges Leekens Belgian coach to lead Algeria to Nigeria after taking over as coach

Leekens was on Thursday, October 27 named as coach of the national team by the Algerian Football Federation.

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Georges Leekens play Georges Leekens has returned as coach of the Algeria national team (Photonews via Getty Images)

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Belgian coach, Georges Leekens will be leading the Algerian senior national team to Nigeria to face the Super Eagles following his appointment as boss of the Fennec foxes.

Leekens was on Thursday, October 27 named as coach of the national team by the Algerian Football Federation.

This is a return to Algeria for the Belgian who led the national team for six months in 2003 before quitting for family reasons.  

The 67-year-old gets the appointment just two days after he was sacked from Belgian club, Lokeren.

Georges Leekens play Georges Leekens was recently sacked at Belgian side Lokeren (Photonews via Getty Images)


He was sacked just after Lokeren’s 2-1 loss to Oostende in the Belgian league on Tuesday, October 27 which left them near the bottom of the table.

He comes in to replace Milovan Rajevac, who was sacked following Algeria's home draw with Cameroon in the matchday one of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group qualifiers earlier in October 2016.

Milovan Rajevac play Milovan Rajevac was sacked by the AFF following Algeria's 1-1 draw at home to Cameroon in the opening round of the World Cup qualifiers (AFP/File)

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His first assignment will be to lead Algeria to Uyo, where they will face the Super Eagles in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, November 12.

He will also lead Algeria to the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon in January, where they have been drawn in Group B with Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Senegal.

Leekens has experience in the AFCON having led Tunisia to the 2015 edition.

The well-travelled coach has twice coached the Belgian national team and also had stints at, Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Trabzonspor, Gent and several other clubs.

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