Algeria Call-Up Lazio’s Mourad Meghni For Uruguay Friendly

The Fennecs have offered the Franco-Algerian player the chance to represent the country of his parents...
Algerian national team coach Rabah Saadane has revealed a list of 24 players that will participate in a training camp to prepare the Greens for their August 12 friendly with Uruguay at the 5th of July Stadium.

The group is almost identical to the one which took part in the North African country’s last World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Chililabombwe on June 7, with the exception of Mourad Meghni, who has replaced former MC Alger goalkeeper Mohamed Benhamou.

“It’s practically the same roster that played the first phase of qualifiers, its hard to change. The only player that wasn’t called up is the goalkeeper Benhamou, who we are going to try to help find a club,” explained the trainer in a press conference yesterday.

Meanwhile, both Benfica’s Hassan Yebda and Racing Santander’s Mehdi Lacen have not received an invitation. Both player have declared that they would like to take advantage of FIFA’s new ruling allowing them to change their national allegiances despite being older than 21 years of age.

Here is the list of call-ups:

Madjid Bougherra (Rangers FC), Rafik Halliche (National Madeira), Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth), Yazid Mansouri (FC Lorient), Karim Matmour (Borussia M'gladbach), Yacine Bezzaz (RC Strabourg), Rafik Saifi (FC Lorient), Kamel Ghilas (Celta Vigo), Rafik Zoheir Djebbour (AEK Athens), Abdelkader Ghezzal (Sienne), Hameur Bouazza (Fulham), Karim Ziani (Wolfsburg), Yahia Anter (Bochum), Meghni Mourad  (Lazio), Lounes Gaouaoui, Samir Zaoui (ASO Chlef), Mohamed Ousserir (CR Belouizdad), Slimane Raho, Kaled Lammouchia, Faouzi Chaouchi (ES Setif), Cherif  Abdeslem (USM Annaba), Mohamed Meftah (JS Kabylie), Hocine Achiou (USM Alger),  Réda Babouche (MC Alger)

Rami Ayari, Goal.com