Algeria name roster ahead of Libya clash

A list of 25 players was published on Thursday by the Fennec Foxes coach to face the Mediterranean Knights next week in the return leg of the 2013 Afcon qualifying

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic has released his squad for the second leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final qualifying round against Libya scheduled to hold on October 14 in Blida.

Half a dozen key players have been sidelined due to injuries and suspension issues, prompting the Bosnian coach to recall home based midfielder Yacine Bezzaz and Khaled Lemmouchia both of whom have been absent for more than two years.

Hocine El Orfi of USM Alger will be debuting with the team while Parma striker Ishak Belfodil, who was expected to join the outfit for the first time after he was cleared by Fifa last week, did not make the final list. The football federation says the 20-year-old player is still mending from an injury sustained during a league match.

Buoyed up by the latest Fifa ranking which puts Algeria at 24th position and second on the continent behind Cote D’Ivoire, their best ever, the North Africans expect to consolidate their one-goal advantage from the first leg to qualify for the South Africa 2013 after they failed to reach the Gabon / Equatorial Guinea 2012.


 Name  Club
 Azzedine Doukha  USM Harrach
 Rais Mbolhi  unattached
 Cedric Si Mohamed  JSM Bejaia
 Mohamed Zemmamouche  USM Alger
 Essaid Belkalem  JS Kabylie
 Mokhtar Benmoussa  USM Alger
 Liassine Cadamuro  Real Sociedad
 Farouk Chafai  USM Alger
 Abderrahmane Hachoud  MC Alger
 Rafik Halliche  Academica
 Carl Medjani  Ajaccio
 Yassine Bezzaz  Constantine
 Hameur Bouazza  Racing Santander
 Ryad Boudebouz  Sochaux
 Abdelmoumene Djabou  Club Africain
 Sofiane Feghouli  Valence
 Adlene Guedioura  Nottingham Forest
 Foued Kadir  Valenciennes
 Khaled Lemmouchia  Club Africain
 Mehdi Mostefa  Ajaccio
 Hocine El Orfi  USM Alger
 Saad Tedjar  USM Alger
 Mohamed Amine Aoudia  ES Setif
 Islam Slimani  CR Belouizdad
 Hilal Soudani  Vitoria Guimaraes