Gavin Hunt AFCON Africa Cup of Nations

Gavin Hunt. Photo: PA

AFCON: Gavin Hunt explains why Algeria were so poor in 60 seconds – WATCH

Equatorial Guinea inflicted a first defeat in 36 games on Algeria to leave the defending champions in danger of an AFCON group stage exit.

Gavin Hunt AFCON Africa Cup of Nations

Gavin Hunt. Photo: PA

Equatorial Guinea inflicted a first defeat in 36 games on Algeria to leave the reigning champions in serious danger of a group-stage exit from the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

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Esteban Obiang, one of a host of Equatorial Guinea players who were born in Spain, scored the 70th-minute goal that gave his side a 1-0 win in Douala as Algeria lost for the first time since October 2018.

That unbeaten run ends just two matches shy of Italy’s recently established record of 37 without defeat and Algeria now need to beat the Ivory Coast in their final Group E outing on Thursday, 20 January if they are to make the last 16.

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Djamel Belmadi’s side could only draw 0-0 with Sierra Leone in their opening game in Cameroon and if they do not succeed against the Ivorians it will be the fifth time in six AFCON tournaments that the holders have failed to go beyond the group stage of the finals.

The only exception in that time came in 2019, when reigning champions Cameroon lost in the last 16.

Gavin Hunt explains why Algeria are currently so poor

An Equatorial Guinea side ranked 114th in the world and 28th in Africa are now well placed to reach the knockout stage for the third time.

The two previous occasions came when they were hosting the tournament, in 2012 and in 2015, but this time many of the fans in the crowd of almost 12 000 in Douala were supporting the ‘National Thunder’.

Watch below as former Kaizer Chiefs (among others) coach Gavin Hunt explains why Algeria are currently so poor.

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