The list of players called up by the coach of the Algerian football team, Djamel Belmadi, in anticipation of the next two friendly matches against Guinea and Nigeria, was made public this Saturday, September 17 by the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) .
Although the framework was generally maintained, there were some surprises in the group of 24 players selected.
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Belmadi will explain tomorrow, Sunday, September 18, in front of the media his choices, within the framework of the traditional press conference that precedes each training course.
He is especially expected by the non-convection of some executives, including goalkeeper number 1 Raïs Ouahab M’bolhi, the return of Andy Delort or Nabil Bentaleb who returned to the Greens after a four-year absence.
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Anyone who will continue with Algeria’s selection goals since the 2010 World Cup will not be called up due to lack of competition. M’bolhi has actually remained without a club since the end of his contract with Al Ittifaq (Saudi Arabia) in the offseason. He recently signed for Al Qadissia, a Qatari second division club.
For 12 years, it is rare that a national team list does not include M’bolhi’s name, except for the Rabah Madjer season (2017-2018). However, at the age of 37, the goalkeeper cannot be prevented from coming to the end of his international career, and even his career at all. Although M’bolhi returned to competition and returned to the national team, Belmadi knew he had to find another starting goalkeeper.
Without a doubt it is one of the three goalkeepers called for this course: Mandrea, Zeghba and Oukidja.
Still in terms of absentees, the final removal of defender Djamel Benlamri after the debacle against Cameroon has been confirmed. The Al Khaleej player was not called up for the second training camp in a row after June.
Yacine Brahimi was also not called up. Of all the eligible players who played in the Gulf countries, only the goalkeeper Zeghba (Damac, Saudi Arabia) was selected, while only one called, the new Mrezigue, played in the Algerian championship.
The coach is still finding his way
Feghouli was also not called up for the second training session in a row. Djamel Belmadi seems to be finding his way after the elimination from the World Cup in March against Cameroon.
The proof, the new ones he called for the next internship, last June, were not renewed (Omrani, Benayad, Kadri, Hamache). Only Zedadka (Clermont) and Billel Brahimi (Nice) were able to keep their place.
Compared to the last period, we noted the return without recovery of Ryad Mahrez who missed the last three matches of the national team in June, due to injury.
Another highlight is the expected recall of Andy Delort after almost a year of sidelining. The Nice striker officially apologized to the Algerian public on Thursday September 15 and everything is back to normal. His return should plug a huge hole in an attack that has shown severe inefficiency in recent months.
The big surprise was the calling of midfielder Nabil Bentaleb (Angers, France) who Belmadi himself removed from selection when he took office more than four years ago.
The list raises questions about the coach’s motives, knowing that the team is on the right track to qualify for CAN 2023, the last stage of which is posted in 2024.
All this time that separates us from the African Cup in Côte d’Ivoire, in addition to friendly matches, should in principle be used to test new players and new variants.
So the disagreement that may arise from the summoning of a new player or even the recall of Bentaleb. Unless, to change his workforce, the national coach relies on the potential selections of Houssem Aouar, Yacine Adli or even Rayan Ait Nouri. Belmadi was also called to clearly explain the opinion of the goals of these players.