At the end of March, a day before the draw for the World Cup, the Algerian Football Association appealed against the result of the play-off against Cameroon. Algeria wanted the return to be replayed because of the “outrageous arbitration”.
Algeria had won 1-0 in Cameroon, but it was 0-1 in front of their own audience after 90 minutes. In the last minutes of extra time, Belgian Algerian Ahmed Touba (RKC) tied the score, but deep in injury time Karl Toko Ekambi scored for Cameroon (1-2). Cameroon qualified for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of this year on the basis of away goals.
According to the Algerian federation, the referee made crucial mistakes in the return, including the opening goal of Cameroon. “We are going to use all legal means to have this match played again,” it said at the time. But FIFA’s referees’ committee has now rejected this request “on the grounds of inadmissibility”, according to the letter made public by the association.