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Africa Cup of Nations: Algeria factfile

By AFP
05 January 2022   |   10:44 am
Factfile for Algeria, who play Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and the Ivory Coast in Group E of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon from January 11:

Algeria’s’s national soccer team poses before a friendly match against Armenia in Sion May 31, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Factfile for Algeria, who play Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and the Ivory Coast in Group E of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon from January 11:

Popular name: Desert Foxes

Rankings: 3 Africa, 29 world

Captain: Riyad Mahrez

Coach: Djamel Belmadi

Qualifying results: Zambia 5-0 3-3, Botswana 5-0 1-0, Zimbabwe 3-1 2-2

Scorers: 4 – Baghdad Bounedjah, 3 – Riyad Mahrez, 2 – Youcef Belaili, Sofiane Feghouli, Islam Slimani, 1 – Ramy Bensebaini, Farid Boulaya, Andy Delort, Rachid Ghezzal, Aissa Mandi, El Arabi Hilal Soudani

Previous appearances: 18

Best placings: Champions 1990, 2019

Squad

Goalkeepers: Rais M’Bolhi (Ettifaq/KSA), Alexandre Oukidja (Metz/FRA), Moustapha Zeghba (Damac/KSA)

Defenders: Abdelkader Bedrane, Ilyes Chetti, Mohamed Amine Tougai (all Esperance/TUN), Youcef Atal (Nice/FRA), Houcine Benayada (Etoile Sahel/TUN), Djameleddine Benlamri (Qatar SC/QAT), Ramy Bensebaini (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER), Mohamed Reda Halaimia (Beerschot/BEL), Aissa Mandi (Villarreal/ESP), Mehdi Tahrat (Al Gharafa/QAT)

Midfielders: Haris Belkebla (Brest/FRA), Sofiane Bendebka (Al Fateh/KSA), Ismael Bennacer (AC Milan/ITA), Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray/TUR), Ramiz Zerrouki (Twente/NED), Adem Zorgane (Charleroi/BEL)

Forwards: Mohamed Amine Amoura (Lugano/SUI), Youcef Belaïli (clubless), Said Benrahma (West Ham Utd/ENG), Farid Boulaya (Metz/FRA), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd/QAT), Yacine Brahimi (Al Rayyan/QAT), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City/ENG), Adam Ounas (Napoli/ITA), Islam Slimani (Lyon/FRA)

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