Rabah Saadane Announces Algeria Roster For World Cup Qualifiers

The coach has revealed the list of players he will be using in the Desert Foxes' upcoming qualifiers...
The Algerian national team coach, Rabah Saadane, has announced his call-ups for his side's World Cup qualifying matches against Egypt and Zambia, which will both be played during the month of June.

The coach has put together a core group of 25 players and has also named six others who will be called upon should any injuries arise during their preparations.

As expected, Olympique de Marseille midfielder Karim Ziani is back in the team after missing out on the March 28 match versus Rwanda in Kigali due to suspension. He will certainly be a welcome addition for Saadane.

Meanwhile, Rafik Saifi has been named in the list despite being ineligible to play in the June 7 match versus Egypt in Blida. The fact that he was called upon shows his importance in Algeria’s setup and no one doubts the example he can serve as a true veteran of the squad.

Finally, if one takes into consideration the reserve players, there are six new faces in the team including Hocine Achiou, Faouzi Chaouchi, Mourad Delhoum, Abdelmalek Ziaya and Mohamed Messaoud.

Here is the list in full:

Goalkeepers: Lounès Gaouaoui (USM Annaba), Mohamed Benhamou (MC Alger), Mohamed Nassim Ousserir (CR Belouizdad), Faouzi Chaouchi (JS Kabylie)

Defenders: Slimane Raho (ES Sétif), Mohamed Rabie Meftah (JS Kabylie), Anthar Yahia (VFL Bochum), Madjid Bougherra (Rangers), Rafik Halliche (Nacional Madeira), Samir Zaoui (ASO Chlef), Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth FC), Réda Babouche (MC Alger)

Midfielders: Yazid Mansouri (FC Lorient), Chérif Abdeslam (JS Kabylie), Khaled Lemouchia (ES Sétif), Hameur Bouazza (Birmingham City), Hocine Achiou (JS Kabylie), Lazhar Hadj Aïssa (ES Sétif), Karim Ziani (Olympique de Marseille), Yacine Bezzaz (RC Strasbourg)

Strikers: Abdelkader Ghezzal (AC Sienne), Karim Matmour (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Rafik Djebbour (AEK Athens), Kamel Ghilas (Celta Vigo), Rafik Saïfi (FC Lorient)

Reserve players: Mehdi Meniri (Bastia), Lamouri Djediat (ES Setif), Adel Maïza (ES Setif), Mourad Delhoum (ES Setif), Abdelmalek Ziaya (ES Setif), Mohamed Messaoud (ASO Chlef)

Rami Ayari, Goal.com