Algeria star Sofiane Feghouli knows it will be tough to progress from Group D at the Africa Cup of Nations
Posted: 21 December 2012 Time: 10:50
Algeria star Sofiane Feghouli knows the Desert Foxes will have their work cut out to progress from a tough Group D at the Africa Cup of Nations, but he is banking on team spirit to carry them through.
The Valencia winger only made his national team debut in February this year, in a 2-1 win against Gambia.
He scored in that match, and is not looking for more of the same when the Nations Cup kicks off in South Africa on January 19.
"It is a tough group with very experienced nations," Feghouli tells fifa.com. "We know Côte d'Ivoire very well, so no need to be told a lot about them, but we beat them a few years ago [at the 2010 AFCON].
"It will be difficult but we will play our football. Tunisia, with its local players, especially those from Esperance Tunis are a benchmark on the continental level. It will be a North African derby, which is always special. And Togo has a spirit of revenge after the tragedy of Cabinda."
He adds: "With such a team-spirit we showed during the qualifiers, we can do great things. We have been consistent lately. With effort, we can move mountains, but we must go step by step. Many of our players will be in their first competition for their country, so each game will bring us experience.
"We want the national jersey to shine during the coming tournament. We do not want to miss this great event, so we must be ambitious and well prepared above all. Our goal is to make it to the last eight."