Times are changing in Algeria. In the recent past, in 2017 and 2021, Kheireddine Zetchi and Charaf-Eddine Amara had been elected to the presidency of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) in an armchair, since they were the only candidates in the running.
This year, the resignation of Charaf-Eddine Amara, at the end of March, a few weeks after the elimination of the Fennecs in the World Cup by Cameroon (0-1, 2-1), provoked the holding of a new ballot. It will oppose Djahid Zefizef, the manager of the national teams, to Abdelhakim Serrar, the president of the Entente Sportive de Sétif, one of the best clubs in the country.
Abdelhakim Serrar, 61, is well known to those familiar with Algerian football. This former central defender played at ES Sétif as well as in two Tunisian teams, Etoile du Sahel and Olympique du Kef. Fifteen times international, he won the CAN 1990 at Alger. Once his career was over, in 1995, Serrar began his retraining as a manager, eventually becoming the president of the Sétif club.
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Under his leadership, the “Black Eagle” won ten trophies, including the Algerian championship (2007, 2009, 2012), the Algerian Cup (2010, 2012) and the Arab Champions League (2007, 2008) . In 2018, Ali Haddad, then president of USM Algiers, appointed him to the presidency of the executive board of his club, but Serrar returned two years ago to his hometown of Sétif, to take the helm there. from club.