Algeria coach Madjer names strong squad for Nigeria clash

Algeria coach Madjer names strong squad for Nigeria clash

Algeria coach, Rabah Madjer has invited Leicester City star, Riyad Mahrez, Schalke midfielder, Nabil Bentaleb and 21 other players for the final 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles.

The clash, which will have no influence on who represents the group in Russia as the Eagles already picked the ticket, will serve as the first game for the coach who only took charge of the team earlier this month.

Madjer had spoken of how important it is for his team to win against Nigeria, pointing that “it will help [build] the confidence [of his side in] qualifying for AFCON 2019.”

In the squad also is Mahrez’s Leicester teammate, Islam Slimani and FC Porto’s attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi.

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According to Algerian daily Lebuteur, the three goalkeepers invited for the tie are Faouzi Chaouchi (MC Algiers, Algeria), Chamseddine Rahmani (CS Constantine, Algeria) and Abdelkadir Salhi (CR Belouizdad, Algeria).

In the defence, Madjer invited, Mohamed Khouthir Ziti (ES Setif, Algeria), Youcef Attal (KV Kortrijk, Belgium), Faouzi Ghoulam (SSC Napoli, Italy), Houari Ferhani (JS Kabylie, Algeria), Aissa Mandi (Betis Sevilla, Spain), Liassine Cadamuro (Nîmes Olympique, France), Rami Bensebaini (Stade Rennais, France), Ayoub Abdellaoui (USM Alger, Algeria), and Carl Medjani (Sivasspor, Turkey).

In midfield, Bentaleb will play alongside Abderraouf Benguit (USM Alger, Algeria), Ismael Bannecar (Empoli FC, Italy), Yacine Brahimi (Porto FC, Portugal), and Abdelmoumen Djabou (ES Setif, Algeria).

And in attack are Mahrez, Zinedine Ferhat (Le Havre AC, France), Islam Slimani (Leicester City FC, England), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd Sport, Qatar), Hilal El Arabi Soudani (GNK Dinamo Zagreb , Croatia), Sofiane Hanni (RSC Anderlecht, Belgium).

The Fennecs will host the Eagles at Constantine on Friday, 10th of November, 2017.


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