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.