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Algeria coach Belmadi: We need less focus on Mahrez

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi says they cannot ask too much of Manchester City ace Riyad Mahrez at the African Cup of Nations.

Belmadi says Algeria can't focus on Riyad Mahrez if they want to be successful in the AFCON.

After Mahrez scored in their 2-0 opening win, he said: “I do not like highlighting players. We need to put a little less focus on Mahrez if we want to make this a big tournament for us.

“It means a lot to win the first match in any competition. We used to start poorly, it was always difficult for us to start well at the Africa Cup.

“In our history, most of the time, we often lost the first match, so this is also a message to the players that we can go far."

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