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Algeria will begin their Africa Cup of Nations title defence at home to former champions Zambia during November, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed Monday.
Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi saluted his side's "incredible" Africa Cup of Nations triumph after they defeated Senegal 1-0 in Friday's final to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990.
Baghdad Bounedjah's early goal propelled Algeria to a first Africa Cup of Nations title in 29 years after a fiery 1-0 victory over Sadio Mane's Senegal in Friday's final in Cairo.
Join us for minute to minute coverage of tonight's Africa Cup of Nations final, where Senegal and Algeria battle it out in Egypt for the coveted title! It will be a battle between childhood friends for Djamel Belmadi and Aliou Cisse, who grew up in the same neighbourhood in Paris, and they both have a lot to prove, as Senegal has never won the tournament; while Algeria have only managed to do so on home soil.
Sadio Mane's Senegal and an Algeria side captained by Riyad Mahrez will attempt to secure their place in Africa Cup of Nations history in Friday's final in Cairo.
Thousands of extra French police are set to be on duty later Friday in Paris and other major cities following clashes involving Algerian football fans that have touched off a debate about national identity.
Algeria, who meet Senegal on Friday in the Africa Cup of Nations final in Cairo, must travel virtually the length of the continent three times during the 2021 qualifying campaign.
Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi has called on the team's fans to "respect the countries where we are living" after celebrations in France en route to Friday's Africa Cup of Nations final turned ugly.
Senegal and Algeria will contest the AFCON final, but pre-match focus is on the long friendship of coaches Djamel Belmadi and Aliou Cisse.
Algeria's African Cup of Nations final against Senegal will mark the climax not only of the Desert Foxes' campaign on the field, but of their fans' recent political campaign in the stands.
Algeria midfielder Adlene Guedioura says Friday's Africa Cup of Nations final against Senegal represents the "match of a lifetime" as his country bids to capture the title for a second time.
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse believes the Africa Cup of Nations group stage defeat by Algeria helped fuel their run to the final, where they will meet the same opponents Friday for the title in Cairo.
French police arrested over two hundred people on Sunday following Algeria's qualification for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, which sparked scenes of joy as well as clashes with police in several large cities.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said Algeria were worthy winners after Riyad Mahrez's last-gasp free-kick sent his team through to a first Africa Cup of Nations final in 29 years.