The former coach of the Algerian national football team, Jean-Michel Kavali, returned to the period he supervised over the “Greens”, and his relentless efforts at the time to persuade Karim Benzema and Samir Nasseri to play for the Algerian national team.
Kavali, who is currently coaching the Niger national team, said: “I regret a lot of these people. I had the idea that I convinced them to play for Algeria, and if things went as I wanted, we would have participated in the World Cup.”
And the same speaker added in an interview with the “Koora Every Day” program, which is broadcast on the Egyptian “Al-Hayat” channel: “At that time, it was a real battle for me, because they are excellent players, and I expected their success in the future, when they were young.”
And Kavali, who also coached MC Oran earlier, continued: “With regard to Nasseri, I thought I had succeeded in convincing him on a personal level, but I do not know what happened, mathematically, I understand.” He added: “As for Benzema, I knew that the matter was complicated, it was difficult to give his last decision, I felt that he had not yet chosen and the vision for him was unclear. He dreamed of winning the Golden Ball, participating in the World Cup and becoming a big player.”
Kavali concluded: “In 2006, when I was with the Algerian national team, there was a big difference from a sporting point of view with France, which was among the best teams in that period, and the evidence after that was crowning the World Cup two years later, for this matter was complicated and easy at the same time in order to choose “.