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article imageAlgeria's World Cup team will donate $9m salary to Gaza

By Kris Coombes     Jul 3, 2014 in Sports
The Algerian national football team has announced that it will donate the salary earned from the World Cup to the people of the Gaza Strip.
The money, believed to be in the region of $9m (£5.25m), will be sent to the people of the war-torn region, where air strikes were launched by Isreal as recently as Thursday as tensions between them and Palestine continue to rise.
The news was announced by Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani, who told the Daily Mail "they need it more than us".
Algeria enjoyed the best World Cup run in their history, progressing through the group stages by finishing second before fighting Germany to the very end in an extra-time 2-1 defeat, playing excellent attacking football along the way. The news that they will be donating their wages to a good cause will only see their already sky-high popularity rise.
This act of kindness bears stark contrast to the exploits of their African counterparts. Nigeria missed a training session over a row over unpaid bonuses, amounting to £8000 per player.
Ghana, despite playing some quality football, demanded that their $3m (£1.8m) wages be flown to Brazil in cash as they threatened to boycott their final group game against Portugal. Add to this the indefinite suspensions of Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari for verbal abuse and violent conduct respectively, and you have a recipe for a disastrous campaign.
Worse yet, Cameroon arrived late to the World Cup over their own wage row, before going on to put in some of World Cup history's worst performances, which have now led to an inquiry into proposed match-fixing claims from notorious match fixer Wilson Raj Perumal, who claims to have known that the score against Croatia would be 4-0 and that a player would be sent off.
By donating their salary to Gaza, Algeria's football team has gone some way to removing some of the negativity surrounding the issues of wages and African national teams. I had previously written a piece on how Algeria were leading the way for African football, and this has only strengthened their appeal and position as the new spearhead of African football.
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