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Algeria set for AFCON 2019 with Kenya game

Algeria will face Kenya in their opening match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Group C on Sunday 23rd June, with kick-off in Cairo at the 30th June Stadium commencing at 9pm.

Man City winger Riyad Mahrez will captain the side in Egypt and has said that to lift the trophy would “be more emotional than winning the Premier League title”.

It is the first meeting between the two sides since 1997. The two teams have met seven times previously with Algeria winning on three occasions.

Senegal and Tanzania are the other two sides in the group. Algeria are looking for their first AFCON win since January 2015, when they made the quarter-finals. Algeria have never won an AFCON match in Egypt.

Baghdad Bounedjah is in great form with seven goals in his last eight games for the Desert Foxes. Kenya will be led out by UEFA Champions League finalist Victor Wanyama.

Djamel Belmadi is expected to hand a start to Youcef Belaili and use Ramy Bensebaini as a left-back, with the central defensive partnership likely to be Aissa Mandi and Djamel Benlamri.

You can follow live updates of the Algerian national team this summer in English at AFCON 2019 with DZ Football.

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