The total prize money is expected to be around USD 9,00,000 and will be used for the welfare of Gaza residents, Algerian forward Islam Slimani revealed.

The Desert Foxes made good name for themselves in the World Cup as they were not only one of the two African teams to qualify for the knockout stages but they also gave Germany, touted as one of the strongest title contenders, a massive scare in their Round of 16 clash.

Algeria put in a resolute performance against Germany and stopped them from scoring in the stipulated 90 minutes. However, the Germans went on to win the game 2-1 in the extra period but the Algerian team won itself many new admirers with its gritty performance.

It was for the first time that Algeria had reached the knockout stages of the World Cup, giving their fans plenty of reasons to cheer and smile.

At a time when several African nations were embroiled in bitter pay disputes with their country’s football federations, this munificent move by the Algerian team has drawn lots of praise from every corner.

Hero’s Welcome


Meanwhile, the Algerian soccer team received a "hero's welcome" upon their arrival at the Houari Boumediene International Airport in the capital city of Algiers, following their impressive performance in the World Cup in Brazil.

The team, captained by Madjid Bouguerra, was welcomed on Wednesday by top government officials, including Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and Sports Minister Mohamed Tahmi.

There was a massive crowd who rushed to the players to take pictures with them. The team along with Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhozic drove in an open-top bus to the President's Office.

Along their way, the national team received a rousing welcome in the crowded streets.

Fans waved national flag and chanted patriotic slogans, including the famous "One, Two Three, Viva l'Algerie".

(JPN)

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