Algeria refute coach quit reports

ALGIERS - Algeria's football federation has denied local media reports that coach Rabah Saadane is about to resign, it said in an official statement on Tuesday.

The federation said it was surprised by the provocative tone in Algerian media reports of strained relations between Saadane and his squad at a training camp in France, where they are preparing for this month's African Nations Cup finals.

"There is no foundation to these allegations and we wonder what is the real goal of this disinformation," said the statement on the federation website.

"We are anxious to reassure the public that an excellent mood reigns in the squad. No dissension exists between the coach and the players," it added.

Saadane steered Algeria to a surprise World Cup finals place with a playoff win over Egypt in November. He was also coach when Algeria last played at the World Cup in Mexico in 1986.

Algeria were drawn with England, Slovenia and the United States at this year's tournament in South Africa.

At the Nations Cup they are grouped with hosts Angola, Mali and Malawi. Their opening match is against Malawi on Monday.