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Algeria name squad for AFCON 2015

Posted: 15 December 2014 Time: 19:34

Former France junior international Mehdi Abeid is among a trio of players based in the Premier League to have been named in Algeria’s squad for the African Nations Cup next month after the country’s football association released the 23-man list on Monday.

Uncapped Newcastle United midfielder Abeid will be joined by Tottenham Hotspur’s Nabil Bentaleb and Leciester City winger Riyad Mahrez as the north African side became the first to name their selection for the Jan. 17 – Feb. 8 tournament.

Abeid has been used sparingly by Alan Pardew this season, but did play against Burnley earlier this month.

Midfielder Bentaleb, who featured for Spurs on Saturday in their win at Swansea City, will arguably be a bigger loss to his Premier League club and with Algeria among the favourites, could be missing from North London for up to five weeks.

Coach Christian Gourcuff named seven players on a reserve list too, including Watford’s Adlane Guedioura.

The Algerians, who have been pooled with Ghana, Senegal and South Africa in their first round group, will be captained by former Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra.

The Fennecses were the best performing African side at the World Cup in Brazil, where they lost in extra-time to eventual winners Germany in the second round.


Goalkeepers: Azzedine Doukha (JS Kabylie), Rais Mbolhi (Philadelphia Union), Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (USM Alger).

Defenders: Essaid Belkalem (Trabzonspor), Madjid Bougherra (Foujairah), Faouzi Ghoulam (Naples), Rafik Halliche (Qatar SC), Aissa Mandi (Stade Reims), Carl Medjani (Trabzonspor), Djamel Mesbah (Sampdoria), Medhi Zeffane (Olympique Lyonnaise).

Midfielders: Mehdi Abeid (Newcastle), Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur), Yacine Brahimi (FC Porto), Abdelmoumene Djabou (Club Africain), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia), Foued Kadir (Real Betis), Mehdi Lacen (Getafe), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Saphir Taider (Sassuolo).

Forwards: Ishak Belfodil (Parma), Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon), El Arabi Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb).

Reserve list: Liassine Cadamuro (Osasuna), Adlane Guedioura (Watford), Mehdi Mostefa Sebaa (Lorient), Mesloub Walid (Lorient), Ryad Boudebouz (Bastia), Ahmed Kashi (Metz), Bounedjah Baghdad (Etoile Sahel)

Article by: Mzansi Football

Livefyre comments on this story...

ketshaba KBY (love bade me welcome)
posted: 2014-12-15 18:19:18

El arabi soudane he's a player tht makes me bet when zagreb are playing week in/out what a player to watch

posted: 2014-12-15 18:39:52

Serious team, they dont waste time they know whath they want. 

On another note Sofiane Feghouli will kill us if Jali is not aware of him

posted: 2014-12-15 19:00:43

Are you sure you from mzansi

posted: 2014-12-15 19:11:47

Inzima leTeam. I am really scared of this team.

posted: 2014-12-15 19:20:02

Black4ever Where else will be from Sbonyonyo

posted: 2014-12-15 19:20:20

Lewandoski We should all be scared

posted: 2014-12-15 20:48:04

overseas base players, the most of them

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-12-15 21:57:25

Argh suka….! This is were we are guaranteed 3 points.. Akhuna bantu la…

The Ghost
posted: 2014-12-16 01:12:21

South Africa 1 Algeria 0

Now, does anyone have a problem with that?

patriotic football fan(Bafana + Barca = Awesome)
posted: 2014-12-16 06:11:59

Zambia defeated ivory coast in 2012 afcon final with all the stars they have..I say we can beat algeria

posted: 2014-12-16 07:32:58

i dont c Bafana defeating Algeria

posted: 2014-12-16 09:29:05

Lyk da fact da Bafana Bafana r under dogs in dis group n dats an advantage 4 us

Boodlers Mafia
posted: 2014-12-16 20:07:28

After watching their performance against Germany during World Cup to be quite honest that's the only serious threat to Bafana Bafana in the group I'm scared of them.

posted: 2014-12-18 10:33:46

Bafana Bafana have nothing to prove but to play ball... The boys must settle their nerves and enjoy each game as it comes.

We qaulified without a defeat and that proves we are ready to play. Many people will still be judgemental in regards to the teams selection and performance but these boys will do us proud.

Support is all that Bra Shakes and his team need to ensure a good tournament. Let's leave the coaching to the technical guys and sit back to enjoy our Boys.

United in Team Bafana Bafana- Hau'weng AFCON Hau'weng. In Bra Shakes we trust

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