Saphir Taider: Algeria players must accept responsibility for World Cup failure

Algeria's Saphir Taider in action for Bologna

Saphir Taider made two appearances at the 2014 World Cup for Algeria

Algeria’s Saphir Taider has refused to blame changes in coaching staff for the country’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who plays for Italian club Bologna, said the players must take responsibility.

The Desert Foxes reached the second round in Brazil in 2014 but finished bottom of their 2018 qualifying group.

“The most important thing is that we the players question ourselves,” he told BBC Sport.

“It would be too easy to blame a coach or others, so we have to assume responsibility.

“We have to lift our heads and we have to start afresh, not from zero but from what we are capable of so that we can prepare for the next few matches.”

Algeria drew just two games in their 2018 qualifiers as they finished behind Cameroon, Zambia and Russia-bound Nigeria.

Three different coaches took charge of Algeria’s campaign Milovan Rajevac, George Leekens and Lucas Alcaraz.

Serbian Rajevac lasted just two matches in charge and was sacked after a friendly and Algeria’s 1-1 draw with Cameroon in their opening World Cup qualifier.

Taider insisted that player power did not play a part in Rajevac’s departure.

“Many things have been said. There was a president, who now is no longer president, he made the choice of changing the coach,” he explained.

“We are the players and we are obliged to follow certain rules. When it comes to coaches there are some that the players are comfortable with and others that they aren’t.

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