Already qualified for the finals of CAN 2021, Algeria will complete the qualifiers against Zambia (March 25 in Lusaka) and against Botswana (March 29 in Blida). The coach of the Fennecs, Djamel Belmadi, unveiled this Sunday his list of 28 players selected for the occasion.
After having long been faced with uncertainty about their fate, the technician finally took advantage of the exemption granted on Saturday by the French authorities to summon most of his Ligue 1 internationals with Lyonnais Islam Slimani and Djamel Benlamri, Haris Belkebla (Brest ) or even Messins Alexandre Oukidja and Farid Boulaya. Despite his excellent form with Montpellier, striker Andy Delort is strangely missing. At the same time, three new faces are emerging: binational Ramiz Zerrouki (22), midfielder of Twente and born in the Netherlands, and Ahmed Touba (23), central defender of Waalwijk and former Belgian Espoirs international, as well that the left side Naoufel Khacef, passed by Bordeaux and the Algerian Olympic selection.
Note also the great returns after a prolonged absence of Rachid Ghezzal, who returned to a good level with Besiktas (13 assists this season), and Abdelkader Bedrane, no longer appearing in the selection since 2018, as well as Mehdi Zeffane, who no ‘had not been called since the coronation at CAN 2019. After more than a year of absence, Youcef Belaïli, who has resumed competition, also finds the group. Even if they are on the list, Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) and Saïd Benrahma (West Ham) should miss the trip to Zambia and be content to participate in the second match, against Botswana, in agreement with their club. The Niçois Youcef Atal, just back from injury, and Hicham Boudaoui, still recovering, will however be lacking at the Fennecs.