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Rajevac confirmed as new coach of Algeria

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Serbian Milovan Rajevac has been appointed the new coach of Algeria, the country's football federation has confirmed.

Rajevac came close to helping Ghana become the first African side to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2010 and takes over from Christian Gourcuff, who resigned in April ahead of a move to French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais.

Rajevac, 62, will be expected to lead Algeria to the World Cup in Russia but faces a difficult qualification group that also contains Nigeria, Cameroon and Zambia. Only the top team advances to the finals.

Algeria have already qualified for the African Nations Cup finals in Gabon starting next January.

(Reporting by Nick Said, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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