New Algeria manager Rabah Madjer has announced a 23-man roster for next Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria at Mohamed-Hamlaoui stadium in Constantine.
An analysis of the roster revealed that the former Porto star has called up three goalkeepers, nine defenders, five midfielders and six strikers.
Leicester City duo Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, Porto midfielder Yacine Brahimi, RSC Anderlecht’s Sofiane Hanni, Schalke 04 ace Nabil Bentaleb and Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam are the eye-catching names called up for the World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles.
Algeria have lost their last four matches in Group B of the African World Cup qualifiers and will be playing for pride when they face the Super Eagles, who sealed qualification for the football festival on match day five.
The Desert Foxes will face Central African Republic in a friendly on November 14, on the same date Nigeria will play Argentina in a high-profile friendly in Russia.
Goalkeepers: Faouzi CHAOUCHI (MC Algiers, Algeria), Chamseddine RAHMANI (CS Constantine, Algeria), Abdelkadir SALHI (CR Belouizdad, Algeria).
Defenders: Mohamed Khouthir ZITI (ES Setif, Algeria), Youcef ATTAL (KV Kortrijk, Belgium), Faouzi GHOULAM (SSC Napoli, Italy), Houari FERHANI (JS Kabylie, Algeria), Aissa MANDI (Betis Sevilla, Spain), Liassine CADAMURO -BENTAïBA (Nîmes Olympique, France), Rami BENSEBAïNI (Stade Rennais, France), Ayoub ABDELLAOUI (USM Alger, Algeria), Carl MEDJANI (Sivasspor, Turkey).
Midfielders: Abderraouf BENGUIT (USM Alger, Algeria), Nabil BENTALEB (FC Schalke 04, Germany), Ismael BENNACER (Empoli FC, Italy), Yacine BRAHIMI (Porto FC, Portugal), Abdelmoumen DJABOU (ES Setif, Algeria).
Attackers: Riyad MAHREZ (Leicester City FC, England), Zinedine FERHAT (Le Havre AC, France), Islam SLIMANI (Leicester City FC, England), Baghdad BOUNEDJAH (Al Sadd Sport, Qatar), Hilal El Arabi SOUDANI (GNK Dinamo Zagreb , Croatia), Sofiane HANNI (RSC Anderlecht, Belgium).