National Team

Saudi Arabia interested in playing Algeria

Saudi Arabia are interested in playing an international friendly against Algeria, as part of their preparations for the World Cup this summer.

Having been drawn in a group with Egypt, Saudi Arabia want to prepare for this fixture by facing fellow North African side Algeria in May.

Liberte Algerie

Algeria have three friendlies confirmed prior to the summer, with matches against Tanzania, Iran and Portugal taking place from now until June.

The Desert Foxes have played against Saudi Arabia six times, but have surprisingly never beaten them. The last meeting between the two teams was in September 1998.

Representatives have met between the two football federations, but the match has not yet been officially confirmed.

Algeria will be looking to improve their FIFA World Ranking with the results in these games, and rise up from their position of 60th. They are currently the 10th highest African nation in the world.

Saudi Arabia have already confirmed friendlies against Italy, Ukraine, Belgium and Germany in preparation for Russia 2018, but have a free slot available towards the end of May, as do Algeria.

These games represent a good opportunity for manager Rabah Madjer to try out some new, fresh players as Algeria build a team ahead of the 2019 Afrjca Cup of Nations.

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