Benchikha is new coach of Algerian national team

BY foxsports • September 13, 2010

Abdelhak Benchikha is the new coach of the Algerian national team.

The Algerian Football Federation announced the appointment on Monday.

The 47-year-old Benchikha has been leading the national team on a caretaker basis since Rabah Saadane resigned Sept. 4, a day after the team's disappointing 1-1 home draw with Tanzania in a 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Benchikha previously coached Algeria's under-17 squad.

Saadane took charge three years ago and steered Algeria to this year's World Cup, ending a 24-year wait. Algeria went out in the group stage in South Africa after being drawn against England, the United States and Slovenia.