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Algeria announce 23-man squad for Zambia matches

Algeria manager Lucas Alcaraz has announced the 23-man squad that will play two World Cup qualifiers vs Zambia in September.

There is a first ever call-up for Sochaux midfielder Sofiane Daham, who was a shock addition in the group of players. However, both Sofiane Feghouli and Ryad Boudebouz have been left out of the squad due to injury problems. Zinedine Ferhat was also left out by Alcaraz.

Adlene Guedioura was a surprise call-up by the Desert Foxes, with the Middlesbrough man not playing a single game of football this season. Rachid Ghezzal is back in the squad, as well as Napoli winger Adam Ounas.

CR Belouizdad goalkeeper Abdelkadir Salhi has also been picked, along with Rais M’Bolhi and Mehdi Jeannin to compete to play in goal.

Raouf Benguit (USM Alger) and Brahim Boudebouda (MC Alger), who both play in the Algerian league, have been called up too. Karim Belarbi of Harrach and Oussama Darfalou of USMA have been asked to train with the team, but they will not feature in the two qualifying matches.

Leicester City duo Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani will be key if the North Africans want to make it to the World Cup in Russia, and they will both look to make an impact. Idriss Saadi keeps his place following his summer transfer move to Ligue 1 side Strasbourg.



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