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Halilhodzic ashamed of Algeria showing

Algeria head coach Vahid Halilhodzic says he feels ‘shamed and disappointed’ after his team bowed out of the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.

Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Dove Wome were enough to guide Togo to a 2-0 win in their Group D clash in Phokeng, leaving Algeria without a point from their two matches and on their way out of the tournament.

Halilhodzic said he was bewildered by the defeat, but accepted full responsibility for the outcome.

“We can complain and we can cry but today I feel a huge sense of shame and disappointment,” he said.

“It is as if I did not understand anything about football. It is difficult to analyse the situation, I am taking responsibility for the loss.

“I feel a sense of deep shame. Some of us thought we were too good for Togo and our players wanted to play a style of football that they were not used to and we paid the price for taking them for granted.

“Was there too much pressure on us, or was it something else? I don’t know.

“The fact is that Algeria do not have the player who is able to turn a game at any time.

“In this game we saw a player in Emmanuel Adebayor who showed his class to score for Togo and that is what the big players are about, but we are far from that.

“But this team, with three or four new players, maybe at the next Africa Cup of Nations, will do really well.”

Sun 27 January, 2013
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