Algeria Drops Key Players Ahead Of AFCON 2019 Clash with Togo

Algeria Drops Key Players Ahead Of AFCON 2019 Clash with Togo

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi has dropped Leicester City midfielder Rachid Ghezzal and Schalke 04 midfielder Nabil Bentaleb from the squad that will face Togo in Sunday's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Former Tottenham midfielder Bentaleb will miss out for the first time in these qualifiers, while Ghezzal has been present in three of Algeria's four matches.

Hoffenheim forward Ishak Belfodil and Nottingham Forests' Adlene Guedioura have also been left out of the squad that succumbed to a very big shocker by Benin and delayed Algeria's qualification for Afcon.

It is, therefore, a must-win for Togo, presenting a potentially tough afternoon for Algeria who have familiar faces like Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez, FC Porto midfielder Yacine Brahimi, Fenerbahce forward Islam Slimani and goalkeeper Rais M'bolhi.

Algeria squad:

Goalkeepers: Raïs M’bolhi (Al-Ettifaq, Saudi Arabia), Azzedine Doukha (Al-Raed, Saudi Arabia), Mustapha Zeghba (ES Sétif), Alexandre Oukidja (Metz, France).

Defenders: Ilyes Hsaaani (Cherno More Vama, Bulgaria), Rafik Halliche (Moreirense, Portugal), Mehdi Tahrat (Lens, France), Djamel Benlamri (Al-Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Ramy Bensebaini (Rennes, France), Mohamed Fares (SPAL, Italy) Ayoub Abdellaoui (USM Algers), Youcef Atal (Nice, France), Mehdi Zeffane (Rennes, France).

Midfielders: Oussama Chita (USM, Algers), Sapphire Taider (Montreal Impact, Canada), Ismael Bennacer (Empoli, Italy), Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray, Turkey), Yacine Brahimi (FC Porto, Portugal), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, England), Adam Ounas (Napoli, Italy).

Forwards: Yacine Benzia (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Bentahar Meziane (USM Alger, Algeria), Youcef Belaili (Espérance, Tunisia), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd SC, Qatar), Islam Slimani (Fenerbahce, Turkey).

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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