Strasbourg goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja is in the process of making his Algerian passport in order to make himself available for the Algerian national team, DZ Football sources can confirm.
The 29-year-old joined Strasbourg when they were in the third tier of French football, but has helped them achieve successive promotions to Ligue 1 where he is now a regular in the top division in France and playing against some of the best clubs in Europe.
Oukidja, who was born in France, is of Algerian descent and has decided to pledge his international future with Algeria. He will now be available to Rabah Madjer, if the manager deems him good enough for selection.
Rais M’Bolhi has dominated the goalkeeper shirt for the Desert Foxes since 2010, with Faouzi Chaouchi and Abdelkader Salhi also battling for the number one spot.
However, Oukidja would be a brilliant addition to the squad and bring lots of high level experience and stability to the goalkeeping slot at Algeria. He would also provide great competition for M’Bolhi.
Despite being born in France, Oukidja has never featured for any of their youth sides at international level and is now ready for the call from Madjer to represent the country of his father.