Algeria announced squad for Portugal clash

Algeria announced squad for Portugal clash
Algerian head coach, Rabah Madjer

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 23, 2018. 16:11

Algerian national team coach Rabah Madjer has announced his 24-man squad ahead of their two upcoming international friendlies.

The Desert Foxes are set to face Cape Verde and Portugal as they prepare for the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations Qualifiers in September.

In his squad, Madjer called up 16 players who were born in Algeria and eight who were born in Europe.

Rais M’Bolhi, Rafik Halliche and Sofiane Feghouli are making their returns whilst Mokhtar Belkhiter is called up for the first time since January 2017.

On the other hand, there is no place for Adam Ounas, Sofiane Hanni or Saphir Taider in the squad as well as Strasbourg goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja and Ryad Boudebouz.

Algeria will face Tubaroes Azuis on Friday, June 01 at home and meet the A Selecao das Quinas on Thursday, June 07 in Lisboa.

Algeria full squad:

Goalkeepers: Faouzi Chaouchi (MC Alger), Rais M’Bolhi (Al Ettifaq), Abdelkader Salhi (CR Belouizdad)

Defenders: Ramy Bensebaini (Rennes), Aissa Mandi (Real Betis), Islam Arous (Paradou), Mohamed Namani (CR Belouizdad), Mokhtar Benmoussa (USM Alger), Mokhtar Belkhiter (Club Africain), Farouk Chafai (USM Alger), Rafik Halliche (Estoril), Carl Medjani (Sivasspor)

Midfielders: Yacine Brahimi (FC Porto), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke), Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray), Salim Boukhanchouche (JS Kabylie), Ismael Bennacer (Empoli), Mohamed Benkhemassa (USM Alger), Zinedine Ferhat (Le Havre)

Forwards: Islam Slimani (Leicester), Hilal Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd), Ali Lakroum (CR Belouizdad)

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