The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) has given its initial approval to the Greens’ friendly match versus the Jordanian national football team probably slated for next October.
“Algerian officials have expressed their agreement in principle to stage the friendly fixture between the two national football teams, which is the second of its kind in the history of football between the two countries,” APS quoted media advisor to the Jordanian Football Association Amjad Madjali as saying.
For his part, the media official of the Jordanian national team Mohamed Al-Ayazra in a telephone conversation with the official news agency, said: “The Jordanian Federation contacted the Algerian Football Federation, which agreed in principle to go ahead with such a friendly game in the very near future”.
He pointed out that the projected warm-up game “is currently under study and is part of the plan of the Jordanian Union to prepare the national Jordanian squad for the upcoming fixtures, with on focus the final competitions of the Asian Cup qualifiers scheduled for the beginning of next year.”
Mr. Al-Ayazra praised the level of the Algerian national team, saying: “The level of the Algerian players is very high not only at the Arab and continental levels, but globally … adding that facing the Algerian players on the pitch will be wonderful and will provide a real added value for Jordanian players in terms of technical enhancement and competitiveness.”
The spokesman said that his country had decided to play a friendly match versus its Algerian counterpart ahead of the Asian Cup contest, as well as a number of other friendly fixtures against the Tunisian, Chinese and Uruguayan national teams as part of a concerted action plan meant to upgrade the international ranking of the Jordanian national football squad.
It is known that the Jordanian team has experienced a difficult period over the last few years, marked by a decline in the players’ level, an adverse juncture which prompted the country’s football association to seek the services of seasoned Tunisian coach Hassan Malouche in a bid to remedy the situation.