The Algerian coach, Djamel Belmadi, announced the list of the Greens ahead of the decisive day of the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup against Cameroon.
The first leg will take place in Cameroon on March 25 and the second leg will take place 4 days later at Mustafa Chaker Stadium.
In the following report, “Al Ain Sports” monitors 4 scenes from the list of the Algerian national team called for the two Cameroon venues in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.
The first appearance of Youssef Al-Awafi
Jamal Belmadi unleashed a major surprise by inviting Youssef Al-Awafi, left-back to the Tunisian coastal star, to join the roster of desert warriors.
The latter has never participated in any match with the Algerian national team, although he appeared twice with the locals.
Al-Awafi, 26, graduated from the Algerian youth school in Constantine, and also played in the ranks of his compatriots Mouloudia El Eulma and ES Setif, before turning to Tunisia during last summer’s Mercato.
Djamel Belmadi withdrew the confidence of 7 players who participated in the last African Cup of Nations for technical reasons, as a sanction, due to the decline in their performance in the last period.
And the matter concerns both Said bin Rahma and Baghdad Bounedjah, besides Muhammad Amin Togay and Elias Al-Shetti, as well as a Qibla guard, Yassin Brahimi and Adam Zerkan.
Recruitment of experienced players.
To compensate all those excluded, the coach nicknamed “Minister of Happiness” hired players with experience in European and Arab stadiums.
The new Algerian squad saw the return of veteran defender Adlan Guedioura, as well as strikers Ishak Belfodil and Mohamed Benyato, who successively starred for Germany’s Hertha Berlin and Qatar’s Rayyan.
Wanas and Gomorrah are out of order
The injury prevented the duo Adam Wanas and Mohamed El-Amin Amora from being on the “Desert Warriors” list ahead of the two games against Cameroon in the World Cup qualifiers.
It is noteworthy that the players were also on the roster for the Algerian national team, which recently participated in the African Nations Championship.
Algeria national football team roster for Cameroon matches
Goalkeepers: Mostafa Zaghba, Alexandre Okija, Rais Mbolhi
Lines of Defence: Rami bin Sabaini – Youssef Al-Awafi – Hussein bin Ayada – Youssef Attal – Ahmed Touba – Jamal Belamri – Mahdi Taherat – Abdelkader Badran – Issa Mandi
Midfield: Ismael bin Nasser – Sofiane Feghouli – Adlan Guedioura – Sofiane bin Debka – Hisham Boudaoui – Ramez Zerrougui
Forwards: Islam Slimani – Ishaq Belfodil – Mohamed Ben Yatto – Youssef Blaili – Rachid Ghazal – Riyad Mahrez