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7 new and absent names

7 new and absent names

Djamel Belmadi, coach of the national team, announced on Friday his list of 22 players for the next two matches of the Greens in the 2023 African Nations Cup qualifiers. He called up seven new players.

After the disappointment of the 2022 World Cup elimination, the Algerian national football team will return to compete on June 4th in Algiers against Uganda in the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Greens will play a second match on June 8 in Dar es Salaam against Tanzania.

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In these two matches, national coach Djamel Belmadi called up 22 players, including 7 new names who never wore the colors of the national team.

It is a small revolution in the workforce that Belmadi is leading with the recall of first-time Angers goalkeeper (Ligue 1) Anthony Mandria (25), defenders Akim Zidadka (Clermont) and Yannis Hamachi (22, Boavista FC.), midfielder Abdelkahar Kadri (21). , Kortrijk Kef, Belgium), and strikers Bilal Brahimi (22, OGC Nice), Bilal Amrani (28, Cluj, Romania) and Riad Benayad (ES Setif). Of these seven newly selected, only Benayad (25) plays in the Algerian football championship.

“It is a great honor and very proud to be joining this select group!! Seeing my family and all my loved ones happy is invaluable, now is the time to act. Thank you all for your messages. Greetings from Algeria,” Zedka responded (26) on Twitter.


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At the same time, Djamel Belmadi did not call up many players such as FC Metz goalkeeper Alexander Okedia, defender Jamal Benlamri, and center midfielder Baghdad Bounedjah, who was absent during the double confrontation against Cameroon in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, and veteran Sofiane. Femly. These four players were part of the team that won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Another major absentee from Belmadi’s list: Captain Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian international from Manchester City is out of the Greens’ next two matches for medical reasons. Belmadi’s list includes another major absentee: Said Benrahma. The West Ham striker is not listed for unknown reasons.

The “Greens” will begin their training Monday at the National Technical Center of Sidi Moussa before facing Uganda on Saturday (June 4th) at the Olympic Stadium on July 5th in Algiers (8:00 pm).

List of 22 players:

Goalkeepers: Mbolhi (Saudi Ettifaq), Zaghba (Saudi Damac), Mandria (Angers Club, France).

Defenders: Mandy (Villarreal), Badran (ES Tunis, Tunisia), Zedadka (Clermont-foot 63, France), Béniada (ES Sahel, Tunisia), Touba (Walwick, Netherlands), Toga (Tunisia, Tunisia), Bensani (Tunisia) . Monchengladbach), Hamachi (Boavista, Portugal)

Midfielders: Ramez Zerrougui (FC Twente/Netherlands), Adam Zorgan (Charleroi/Belgium), Hicham Boudaoui (OGC Nice/France), Bendibeka (Al-Fateh/Saudi Arabia), Kadri (KV Kortrijk/Belgium), Ismael Benn Nasser (Milan / Italy).

Forwards: Youssef Belaili (Stade Pristoa 29 / France), Bilal Brahimi (Nice / France), Rachid Ghazal (Besiktas / Turkey), Adam Ounas (Naples / Italy), Amoura (FC Lugano / Switzerland), Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon). ). / Portugal), Amrani (Cluj / Romania), Benayad (ES Setif / Algeria).