By Angu Lesley
Algerian Forward, Riyad Mahrez is set to Captain his Country at the 33rd edition of the TotalErnegies African Cup of Nations in January.
The 30-year old Manchester City professional saw the club to it’s second continental title in 2019 when Algeria became African champions, defeating Sénégal by 1 goal to nil
He was included in their selection ahead of the AFCON as they aim to retain the title.
The group stages get under way in host nation Cameroon on January 9, with Algeria kicking off their first match two days later. Their third and final group stage match is on January 20, although they will be hoping to go much further in the competition.
Pep Guardiola will have to make do without the 30-year-old for however long he is away, although Mahrez is at least the only member of his squad that will be absent for that time.
Algeria who are drawn in Group E, will begin defending their title on January 11 against Sierra loene before meeting Equitorial Guinea and Ivory Coast.
It is worth noting that, Qater-based striker Baghdad Bounedjah who scored their winning goal against Senegal in 2019 is part of coach Djamel Belmadi’s 28 man selection for the 2021 Total Energies AFCON.
Goalkeepers: Rais Mbolhi (Al-Ettifaq, Saudi Arabia), Mustafa Zaghba (Damac, Saudi Arabia), Alexandre Oukidja (Metz, France)
Defenders: Issa Mandy (Villarreal, Spain), Abdelkader Bedrane (Esperance, Tunisia), Mehdi Tahrat (Al Gharafa, Qatar), Djamel Benlmari (Qatar, Qatar), Mohamed Amine Taugai (Esperance, Tunisia), Youcef Attal (Nice, France), Houcine Benayada (Etoile du Sahel, Tunisia), Reda Halaimia (Beerschot, Belgium), Rami Bensebaini (Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany), Ilias Chetti (Esperance, Tunisia)
Midfielders: Ramiz Zerrouki (Twente Enschede, Netherlands), Haris Belkebla (Brest, France), Sofiane Bendebka (Al-Fateh, Saudi Arabia), Adem Zorgane (Royal Charleroi, Belgium), Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray, Turkey) Ismail Bennacer (AC Milan, Italy)
Forwards: Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, England), Adam Ounas (Napoli, Italy), Youcef Belaili (Unattached), Said Benrahma (West Ham United, England), Farid Boulaya (Metz, France), Yacine Brahimi (Al Rayyan, Qatar), Islam Slimani (Lyon, France), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd, Qatar), Mohamed El Amine Amoura (Lugano, Switzerland)
Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cape Verde
Group B: Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi
Group C: Morocco, Ghana, Comoros, Gabon
Group D: Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau
Group E: Algeria, Sierra-Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire
Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia
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