Andy Delort apologizes to the Algerians and announces his return to the Fennecs

Andy Delort JB Autissier / PANORAMIC

Mea culpa. Algerian striker OGC Nice Andy Delort apologized on Thursday for withdrawing from the national team and announced his return to the Fennecs after nearly a year of absence. "I want to apologize to the Algerian people and I yearn to play again to show them all the love I have for this jersey and for this country.Delort said in a video posted on the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) website.

African champion in 2019 with the Fennecs, but not indisputable holder, Delort had decided in October 2021, on the eve of the last edition of the CAN in Cameroon, to put the selection on hold for a year in order to focus on his season in Nice, which he had just joined from Montpellier. "I had signed a long contract with Nice and there was a lot of competition, a more ambitious club than Montpellier, and I made a decision too quickly by hiding things from the coach in relation to a personal problem which meant that I couldn't leave so far from my familyDelort, 30, added in the video posted by the FAF.

Delort's defection on the eve of the CAN had earned him virulent criticism from Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi, who had also slammed the attitude of the Riviera leaders who, according to him, "would like African players not to goat the African Cup of Nations. Andy Delort had his first selection with the Fennecs in June 2019 after obtaining Algerian nationality a month earlier. The announcement of his return to the national team comes before the Greens' next camp for friendly matches against Guinea on September 23 and Nigeria on September 27.

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