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Algeria appoints Petkovic as coach

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Algeria has appointed former Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic to coach its national team, the Algerian Football Federation announced on Thursday.

The 60-year-old managed Switzerland for seven years, guiding them to the quarter-finals of the last European Championship with a round of 16 victory over world champions France.

Petkovic, of Bosnian origin, guided Switzerland to the 2018 World Cup and two European Championship finals before a brief stint as coach of French club Girondins de Bordeaux.

Algeria tops their African World Cup qualifying group with six points, ahead of Botswana, Guinea, Uganda, Mozambique and Somalia.

Petkovic replaces Djamel Belmadi, who left in January after two-time continental champions Algeria failed to progress through the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations.

(Ahmed Assal and Ashraf Hamed Atta, editing by Ed Osmond)

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