With Vladimir Petkovic, the start of a new story for Algeria. The Algerian team sank slowly, but surely, until the dismissal of coach Djamel Belmadi last January.

The technician had been free since his dismissal by the Girondins de Bordeaux in February 2022. After offering themselves a second CAN in Egypt, the Fennecs no longer had the means to influence continental football. A non-qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and two failed CANs (2022 and 2024 ) prompted the federation to change gear.