Algeria call-ups for Gambia friendly announced

The Fennecs coach has revealed a roster list of 28 players for the February 29 match against the Scorpions

Algeria national team coach Vahid Halilhodzic has announced a 28-man squad for his team’s upcoming 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Gambia that will take place on February 28 in Banjul.

Notable absences include the influential Karim Ziani, whom Halilhodzic judged not as competitive as other midfielders at his disposal, as well Olympiacos duo Djamel Abdoun and Rafik Djebbour. Meanwhile, Real Sociedad’s Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaiba and Aberdeen’s Mohamed Chalali will represent the north Africans for the first time.

The Bosnian coach has named four back-up players in Abdelkader Ghezzal, Kamel Ghilas, Islami Slimani, and Mohamed Amine Zemmamouche. They are part of the enlarged squad but probably won't take part in the match unless there are injuries to other players.

Name Club
Faouzi Chaouchi MC Alger
Azzedine Doukha El Harrash
Rais M’Bolhi CSKA Sofia
Mohamed Amine Zemmamouche USM Alger
Madjid Bougherra Lekhwiya
Ismael Bouzid Baniyas
Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaiba Real Sociedad
Carl Medjani Ajaccio
Mohamed Rabie Meftah USM Alger
Djamel Mesbah AC Milan
Mehdi Mostefa Ajaccio
Antar Yahia Kaiserslautern
Ryad Boudebouz Sochaux
Abdelmoumene Djabou ES Setif
Sofiane Feghouli Valencia
Adlene Guedioura Wolves
Foued Kadir Valenciennes
Khaled Lemmouchia USM Alger
Medhi Lacen Getafe
Hocine Metref JS Kabylie
Hassan Yebda Granada
Mohamed Amine Aoudia
ES Setif
Hameur Bouazza Millwall
Mohamed Chalali Aberdeen
Abdelkader Ghezzal Levante
Kamel Ghilas Reims
Karim Matmour Eintracht Frankfurt
Islam Slimani CR Belouizdad