The Algerian Football Federation has confirmed Rabah Madjer as the new head coach of their national team.
Madjer, 58, becomes the country's fifth national coach in three years after their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup last month.
His return follows two previous coaching experiences for the team, for four matches in 1994 and for nine matches between 2001 and 2002.
Madjer's is appointed to take the team to the 2019 Cup of Nations in Cameroon, with their next qualifier due to be against the Gambia in March.
Madjer played for Porto in 1987 and participated in the final against Bayern Munich.
Nigeria, meanwhile have qualified as Group winners and will Africa represent at the 2018 World Cup.
The Desert Foxes are already out of the qualifying phases and will finish bottom of Group B.
Algeria were knocked out of World Cup contention and are winless after five matches in a hard Group B, which paired them with Nigeria, eventual winners, Zambia and Cameroon.