By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
Sources in Algeria are reporting that the country’s government has decided to name the new Baraki Stadium after legendary Algerian coach Abdelhamid Kermali who guided the Desert Foxes to their first AFCON win in 1990.
The Abkou native died in August 2013 at the age of 81. He is considered as one of the finest forwards of his generation.
He enjoyed a 19 years football career before retiring in 1967 to immediately move into management.
The Union Sportive Médina Sétif legend was coach at multiple clubs including the Algerian national team with which he won the 1990 African Cup of Nations on home soil and the 1991 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations despite replacing Kamel Lemoui just a year earlier.
Cheikh Kermali as he is known by many in his country is considered as one of the most important figures in the history of the country especially given how he used football to enhance the liberation of the country from French colonialism.
The construction works at the €280 millions rated 40000 seater Stadium located in Pénétrante Rocade Sud Baraki in Algiers began in 2010 and will be completed by July next year and named Abdelhamid Kermali Baraki Stadium.
Cheikh Kermali’s success with the Desert Foxes was repeated by Jamel Belmadi who guided Riyad Mahrez and his mates to the country’s second AFCON crown in Egypt.
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