CAN: Slimani only has eyes for CAN and Algeria

Sunday evening, OL will play a very difficult match against PSG. Thousands of kilometers away, Islam Slimani will be focused on Tuesday’s match against Sierra Leone at the CAN. An appointment that is close to the heart of the Lyon striker.

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Far from the gloomy atmosphere and the gloomy results of OL, Islam Slimani dreams of having a great month of January with Algeria. His selection can mark the history of African football by retaining the title acquired in 2019 and in passing the world record of invincibility for a national team. With 34 matches unbeaten, the Algerian selection is only three games away from equaling the Italian record of 2021. It is understandable that Slimani is impatient to tread the Cameroonian lawns, even if the player with 80 caps is playing his fifth CAN . ” It is very important for us Algerians, or Africans in general. It’s a major competition for us, it’s like a European Cup. We are looking forward to it “, he declared for OL Play, the channel of the Rhone club.

Slimani wants to do the double

The OL striker is clearly motivated for the African continental competition which begins this Sunday in Cameroon. Slimani does not hide his ambitions: to win the CAN with his country and to make the double after 2019.

« I hope, I hope. We will be expected, but when we enter a competition, it’s to win it. Afterwards, we will see, we will give everything for our country, for our people, our family and we will see. […] With the generation we have, the coach we have, it’s doable. We are here to try to win matches, win things, that’s our job, that’s our desire. This is already my fifth CAN. Each CAN, I had problems. I hope that during this one, I would be well, that I would be in good shape to try to help as much as possible […] For us it is a major competition. It’s the African Cup, it represents our continent, our country. It is always a pride to play it. I think there are a lot of nations that can win it like Senegal, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Nigeria, Cameroon at home, there are a lot of great nations that can win this CAN. », He developed. Author of a goal against Ghana a few days ago during the 3-0 success of the Fennecs in preparation, Slimani will be one of the important elements of a strong Algerian team.

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