By Brian Mboh
The Fennec of Algeria national senior football head coach Djamel Belmadi has named his 40-man squad in view of the upcoming 33rd edition of the African Cup of Nations, expected to run come January 9th across the towns of Yaounde, Buea,Limbe, Bafoussam, Garoua and Douala.
Prominent key-starters featuring on the carthage tactician’s list include ; Yacine Brahimi, Rais, Medioub and Baghdad.
Rais M’bolhi (Ettifaq, Saudi Arabia), Izzedine Doukha (Al-Raed, Saudi Arabia), Alexandre Oukidja (FC Metz, France).
Mohamed Salim Fares (Lazio, Italy), Aïssa Mandi (Real Betis, Spain), Ramy Bensebaïni (Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany), Jean Mehdi Tahrat (Abha, Saudi Arabia), Mohamed Reda Halaïmia (K. Beerschot VA, Belgium), Mehdi Zeffane (Kylia Sovetov Samara, Russia), Abdeljalil Medioub (CD Tondela, Portugal), Maxime Spano-Rahou (Valenciennes, France).
Adlène Guedioura (Al-Gharafa, Qatar), Ismael Bennacer (AC Milan, Italy), Mehdi Abeïd (Nantes, France), Mehdi Zerkane (Girondins de Bordeaux, France), Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray, Turkey), Haris Belkebla (Stade Brestois, France).
Forwards: Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd, Qatar), Farid Boulaya (Metz, France), Ryad Mahrez (Manchester City, England), Yacine Brahimi (Al-Rayyan, Qatar), Saïd Benrahma (Brentford, England), Zinedine Ferhat (Nîmes Olympique, France), Andy Delort (Montpellier HSC, France).
It is worthy of note that , Bounedjah’s early goal propelled Algeria to a first Africa Cup of Nations title in 29 years with a fiery 1-0 victory over Senegal in 2019 at Cairo.
Lodged in Group E, alongside Equatorial Guinea,Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast the Carthage will have their first game opener against Sierra Leone,on January 11th, at the 60,000 seating capacity Douala- Japoma newly constructed stadium.
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