Algerian fans had a reason to celebrate despite their national team’s early exit from the tournament. Footage of Algerian supporters taking to the streets to rejoice in Morocco’s loss circulated online, showing their jubilant mood.
The fans energetically cheered for Bafana Bafana against the Atlas Lions, demonstrating their strong support. However, the celebration also reflects the ongoing tensions between Algeria and Morocco, particularly regarding the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
Algeria supports an armed independence movement in Western Sahara, while Morocco sees the region as its own. This political disagreement has strained relations between the two countries, leading to Algeria breaking off diplomatic ties with Morocco in 2021.
The celebration also referenced Mandla Mandela’s speech in Algeria, where he called for the liberation of Western Sahara, further highlighting the complex political dynamics at play.