Algeria Name Final AFCON Squad

The Desert Foxes of Algeria gaffer, Djamel Belmadi has released a list of 23 players to represent the nation for the 2009 African Nations Cup and as reported, Hicham Boudaoui who plays for Algiers Paradou club in Algeria remains the only local player invited.

Djamel Belmadi strung a few surprises on the list as he left out Napoli’s left back Faouzi Ghoulam and Algeria’s top scorer, Naidji. However, the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Yacine Brahimi , Sofiane Feghouli and Qatar based goal machine , Baghdad Bounedjah all made the final list.

Brest midfielder, Haris Belkelba is the surprise package of the team as the 25 year old is set to launch his international career after receiving his first ever call up by the Desert Warriors.

Algeria will begin training on June 3 at the technical center in Sidi Moussa in the capital before flying to Qatar five days later.

Belmadi’s team will travel to Egypt on 18 June for the African Cup of Nations, where they will face Kenya, Tanzania and Senegal in Group C.

Goalkeepers:

Rais M’Bolhi (El Etifaq, KSA), Azzedine Doukha (Al Raed, KSA), Alexandre Oukidja (Metz FRA)

Defenders:

Aissa Mandi (Real Betis, SPA), Mehdi Zeffane (Rennes, FRA), Ramy Bensebaïni (Rennes, FRA), Rafik Halliche (Moreirense, POR), Mehdi Tahrat (Lens, FRA), Djamel Benlamri (Al Shabab, KSA), Youcef Atal (Nice, FRA), Mohamed Fares (SPAL, ITA)

Midfielders:

Haris Belkebla (Brest, FRA), Ismail Bennacer (Empoli, ITA), Mehdi Abeid (Dijon, FRA), Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasary, TUR), Adlene Guedioura (Nottingham, ENG), Hicham Boudaoui (PAC)

Forwards:

Adam Ounas (Naples, ITA), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, ENG), Islam Slimani (Fenerbahce, TUR), Yacine Brahimi (Porto, POR), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd, QAT), youcef Belaïli (Espérance Tunis TUN)

Fulham defender Marcelo Djalo has been named in Guinea-Bissau’s provisional 29-man squad for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The former Real Madrid youth player, who joined Fulham in July 2017, was first called up in March for the Nations Cup qualifier against Mozambique but did not make his debut.

team captain Jose ‘Zezinho’ Lopes headlines the list after guiding the small West African nation to their second successive tournament following their historic debut qualification in 2017.

Midfielder Francisco Santos Junior has not been picked after being overlooked for the last two qualifiers against Namibia and Mozambique.

Guinea-Bissau’s build-up to Egypt 2019 will continue in Porto where they will play one warm-up match against Angola on 8 June. 

They will take on defending champions Cameroon in their opening Group F match on 25 June before facing Benin four days later and Ghana on 2 July.

Guinea-Bissau provisional squad: 

Goalkeepers: Jonas Mendy (AC Viseu, Portugal), Rui Camara Dabo (Favbril, Portugal), Gregory Gomis (Al Arabi SC, Qatar), Edimar Viera Ca ‘Ivanov’ (UDIB)

Defenders: Rudinilson Silva (FK Kaunas Zal, Lithuania), Marcelo Djalo (Fulham FC, England), Edgerson Gomis Almeida (Henan Jiany, China), Juary Soares (CD Mafra, Portugal), Mahammad Youssuf Cande (Santa Clara, Portugal), Bacar Balde (FC Gadzasae, Armenia), Tomas Dabo (FC Riete, Italy), Eulanio Gomes (Maritimo, Portugal), Eliseu Nadjac Soares (Rio Ave, Portugal)

Midfielders: Soriano Mane (Cova de Piedade, Portugal), Judilson Gomis (Monaco, France), Jose ‘Zezinho’ Lopes (FC Senica, Slovakia), Jorge Nogueira (Desportivo Das Aves, Portugal), Joao Jaquite (Tondela, Portugal), Ladislau Alves (Sintrense, Portugal), Moretto Cassama (Stade de Reims, France)

Forwards: Jorginho Barbosa (CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria), Piqueti Djassi (Al Shoulla FC, Saudi Arabia), Toni Silva (Attihad, Egypt), Carlos Embalo (FC Cosenza, Italy), Joao Mario (AC Viseu, Portugal), Mama Balde (Des Das Aves, Portugal), Romario Balde (AC Coimbra, Portugal), Frederic Mendy (Setubal, Portugal), Joseph Mendy (Ajaccio, France)