Aouar, Mahrez named in Algeria squad to face Uganda in Cameroon

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Sinan RAJUB SENOGA 

Algeria national team coach Djamel Belmadi has named a star studded squad that will play in the upcoming AFCON Qualifier against Uganda in Cameroon.

Algeria who will also play a friendly match against Tunisia, will face Uganda on the 18th of June at the Japoma Stadium in Douala.

The 26 man squad consists of Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez who missed the reverse fixture that ended 2-0 in Algiers.

Olympique Lyon midfielder Hossem Aouar will make his debut for the Desert Foxes after switching nationality from France about two months ago.

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Aouar born in Lyon with Algerian origins, played for the France U17 and U21 national teams but only featured for the senior team once in a friendly against Ukraine three years ago.

Belmadi’s squad also has Islam Slimani, Said Benrahma, Nabil Bentaleb, Aisa Mandi and Ramy Bensabaini.

Four local based played from CAF Confederation Cup finalists USM Alger have also made the squad.

Algeria lead Group F with 12 points from four games while Uganda and Tanzania are tied at four points each while Niger have three.

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Full Squad

Goalkeepers; Moustapha Zeghba (Damac, Saudi Arabia), Anthony Mandrea (Caen, France), Oussama Benbot (USM Alger, Algeria)

Defenders; Kevin Van Den Kerkhof Guitoun (Bastia, France), Mehdi Leris (Sampdoria, Italy), Aissa Mandi (Villarreal, Spain), Zineddine Belaid (USM Alger, Algeria), Mohamed Amine Tougai (Esperance de Tunis, Tunisia), Ramy Bensabaini (Gladbach, Germany), Haithem Loucif (USM Alger, Algeria), Jaouen Hadjam (Nantes, France), Ahmed Touba (İstanbul Başakşehir, Turkey)

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Midfielders; Hicham Boudaoui (OGC Nice, France), Nabil Bentaleb (Angers, France), Victor Lekhal (Le Harve, France), Ramiz Zerrouki (FC Twente, Netherlands), Hossem Aouar (Olympique Lyon, France), Himad Abdelli (Angers, France)

Forwards; Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, England), Badredine Bouanani (OGC Nice, France), Said Benrahma (West Ham, England), Farès Chaïbi (Toulouse, France), Mohamed El Amine Amoura (Lugano, Switzerland), Islam Slimani (Anderlecht, Belgium), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd, Qatar), Aymen Mahious (USM Alger, Algeria)

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