By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
Algerian and Manchester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez has somewhat taken back his comments about the attitude Moroccans towards the success of Algeria.
The former Leicester City forward sparked controversy last week when a journalist Patrick Juillard published an article stating that Mahrez had said their North African rivals Morocco are jealous of Algeria’s success.
Football authorities in Algeria have backed Mahrez with some saying his comments were misinterpreted.
Former Atlas Lions of Morocco captain Mehdi Benatia has come out to agree there is some truth in the interpretation of Riyad’s comments but it’s not gone done well with some Moroccans.
Reacting to a publication by Patrick Juillard, Mahrez stated.
“Thank you Patrick,no controversy…my mother is Moroccan, we are together Algeria-Morocco. Well, we just prefer when it is us who win and not the others” Mahrez wrote.
Mahrez was eligible to play for Morocco as one of his grand parents is from Morocco but he opted for Algeria.
The Le Havre winger has been a success for club and country.
The Sarcelles native has won four titles at the blue half of Manchester including a second Premier League crown since his ariving the club in July 2018.
The 29-year-old captained the Desert Foxes of Algeria to their first AFCON success in 19 years during the 2019 tournament in Egypt.
He has developed into an important part of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team just like he is for the Djamel Belmadi in international football.
Morocco hasn’t won the AFCON since their 1990 success and the rivalry between these North African nation in football is nearly cut-throat.
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