NewsReport gathered that after failing to lead their respective teams to Qatar, the head coaches of the Algerian and Egyptian national teams have stepped down.
Both teams had a lead going into the second leg of the play-offs, but they couldn’t hold on, losing to Cameroon and Senegal, respectively.
When Gambian referee Bakary Gassama blew the final whistle, Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi sobbed uncontrollably. His team had been eliminated from the World Cup for the second time in a row.
Algeria had equalized in the 118th minute through Ahmed Touba, making the score 1-1 on the night but 2-1 on aggregate following a 1-0 win in Cameroon last Friday.
This was good enough to send them through, and it was all but settled until Karl Toko Ekambi scored deep in stoppage time to throw a spanner in the works.
Belmadi had failed to defend the AFCON title he won in 2019 and was hoping to make up with a World Cup qualification. It was also first Algeria were losing at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium since they started playing there in 2004.
Carlos Queiroz was beaten at the second time of asking by Senegal from penalty kicks following a 1-1 aggregate scoreline after 120 minutes. Egypt managed to convert just one of their kicks as even Mohammed Salah unusually skied his effort, to sum up their posture.
Mane scored the decisive kick that sent Senegal to their second successive World Cup appearance and returned Queiroz to job hunting.
Queiroz tweeted: ‘Dream is over. From the bottom of my heart, my gratitude to the Egypt Federation for this honor of coaching the National Team.
‘To all my players and my staff, my recognition and humility thank you so much. You will be always in my heart.
‘It was my privilege to work and be helped by such dedicated and capable professionals and wonderful friends.’
‘Without you, nothing could be possible for me in my life. I am very much proud of you lads.