'Mahrez is not Algeria's only threat'

Ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final clash between Algeria and Ivory Coast, Elephants coach Ibrahim Kamara has warned that Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez is not the Desert Foxes' only threat.

Mahrez, 28, has been one of Algeria's danger men in Egypt, having scored two goals, against Kenya and Guinea-Bissau, en route to the quarters.

While Kamara acknowledged the 2016 BBC African Footballer of the Year's individual threat, the 53-year-old believes Algeria's biggest strength is their collective ability as a team.

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"Algeria is a great team. They do not play only with Riyad Mahrez. If so, the other players would stay in the locker room," he said in a pre-match press conference, as per africanfootball.com.

"We will face a team that’s difficult to handle. Djamel Belmadi has done an excellent job since he was made coach. I will not go so far as to say that I would have liked to avoid Algeria, because at this stage of the competition we have no choice.

"To be able to go all the way in this tournament, you have to play seven matches. We've played four, there are still three to go.

"Algeria is a great team, playing for the final coronation. We have our idea about the Algerian team, that is collectively strong with very good individuals."

The two sides will do duty at the New Suez Stadium tonight, with kick-off set for 18:00, and the winner of the clash will face Nigeria in the semi-finals of the tournament.