Afcon2017: Leicester Duo to Lead Algeria’s Attack as Leekens Names Final Squad

Algeria’s head coach Georges Leekens has named his final 23 man squad that will play at the 2017 African cup of Nations.

Leekens named the star-studded side on Saturday including Leicester City’s duo of Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez.

Looked at as one of the favourites to lift the title come February next year, adiposity Leekens has had a tough situation to select the final squad.

Experienced midfielder Sofiane Fighouli and team captain Carl Medjani have failed to make the final squad to Gabon.

Feghouli who moved from Valencia to West Ham in the English premier league has failed to command a starting place at the Olympic stadium hence falling in pecking order.

Team captain Carl Medjani who plays with Spanish side Leganes didn’t also make the team with head coach Leekens taking other options.

Mahrez will be looked at as the player to lift Algeria as they seek to win their maiden title.

Algeria’s current squad is widely regarded as golden generation with several stars like Riyad Mahrez, price Islam Slimani, medications Fauozi Ghoulam, Hilal El Arabi Soudani, Yasine Brahimi among others.

Algeria are in group B with Senegal, Tunisia and Zimbabwe

Algeria Final Squad

Goalkeepers: Raïs Ouhab M’bolhi (Antalyaspor -Turkey), Malik Asselah (JS Kabylie), Chemseddine Rahmani (MO Béjaïa)

Defenders: Mokhtar Belkhiter (Club Africain -Tunisia), Mohamed Rabie Meftah (USM Alger), Aïssa Mandi (Real Bétis – Spain), Hicham Belkaroui (Espérance de Tunis -Tunisia), Liassine Cadamuro (Servette Genève -Switzerland), Mohamed Benyahia (USM Alger), Ramy Bensebaïni (Stade Rennais -France), Faouzi Ghoulam (SSC Napoli – Italy), Djamel Eddine Mesbah (FC Crotone -Italy)

Midfielders: Adlène Guedioura (Watford FC – England), Saphir Taïder (Bologna FC -Italy), Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke 04 – Germany), Mehdi Abeid (Dijon FCO -France), Yassine Brahimi (FC Porto -Portugal), Rachid Ghezzal (Olympique Lyonnais -France)

Forwards: Islam Slimani (Leicester City FC – England), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City FC – England), Hillal El Arabi Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb -Croatia), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd -Qatar), Sofiane Hanni (RSC Anderlecht – Belgium)


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