Afcon winning coach Kermali dies

By Drum Digital
15 April 2013

Abdelhamid Kermali, coach when Algeria won their only Africa Cup of Nations title, died at the weekend aged 81, local media reports said.

The former France-based professional footballer was in charge of the Desert Foxes when they hosted and won the 1990 Cup of Nations by defeating Nigeria 1-0 in the final before a 90,000 Algiers crowd.

It ranks amongst the most impressive Africa Cup triumphs with Algeria thrashing Nigeria 5-1 in the opening match and also beating Ivory Coast, Egypt and Senegal en route to the decider.

Kermali, who died in the north-eastern city Setif after a long illness, played as a striker in his home city and Algiers, and for Mulhouse, Cannes and Lyon in France during the 1950s.

-by Sapa

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