When the Algerian regime clings to a cursed member of its family

The Algerian regime chose a controversial figure as a spokesperson for the opening of CHAN last Friday – an “anti-hero” who is an opportunist, greedy, womanizer and star-hungry. As noted by the daily newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia, this individual was chosen to distill hatred against Morocco in the presence of the presidents of FIFA and CAF.

A quick search of his name will reveal a dark past. In 2007, he was appointed head of the traditional council of his native village, Mvezo. In 2011, he was embroiled in a scandal when he transferred the bodies of his father, uncle and aunt from the cemetery of Nelson Mandela’s childhood village to the cemetery of his own native village. This sparked a lawsuit and a whole controversy during which he severely criticized his parents. He was even accused by his family of being an opportunist seeking to enrich himself through the cult of Nelson Mandela.

He has been married three times and divorced three times in seven years, against a backdrop of accusations of bigamy and non-payment of alimony. His marital disputes regularly made the headlines of the South African press and he was even accused of having an affair with one of his wives which allegedly resulted in a birth out of wedlock.

In 2020, the BBC devoted a long portrait to him in which the British television channel returned to his sulphurous past and all the gray areas of his life. He has since become an extremely wealthy mogul, suspected of questionable investments in companies with no less shady activities.

When the Algerian regime clings to a cursed member of its family, it is clear that it is desperate to get its message across. The Algerian regime’s decision to choose such a controversial figure speaks volumes about its true intentions.