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Report: Algeria World Cup squad to donate bonus money to Gaza

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While Ghana and Cameroon were embroiled in disputes over World Cup bonus pay, the Algerian squad has decided to donate its bonus to the people of Gaza Strip.

Islam Slimani, who scored a crucial header against Russia to ensure Algeria’s first ever qualification to the World Cup knock-out stage, said: “They need it more than us,” referring to those in the Palestinian city, according to journalist Waleed Abu Nada.\\

Algeria was the only Arab country playing in Brazil 2014 World Cup.

Despite the team losing 1-2 to Germany during the extra-time, their resilient, strong performance impressed many.

They returned home to a heroes’ welcome on Wednesday and greeted by the Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, who also embraced the team’s Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic.

In the video, the squad boarded a bus painted green and white with each player's name daubed in red – the three colors of the national flag.