Algeria coach George Leekens on Tuesday named a provisional 18-man squad for this month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup
qualifier away to Nigeria.
All but defender Hicham Belkaroui, who plays for Esperance in Tunisia, are based in Europe.
Established names aside, Leekens list will stir excitement in Algeria, and consternation in Nigeria for the
invitation of Adam Ounas, the exciting 19 year old Bordeaux starlet who only recently committed his international
future to Algeria after playing for the France under 20s.
Ounas is seen as one of the brightest young talents in world football and has been the subject of serious interest
from Manchester United.
There is no place as yet for Standard Liege’s Ishak Belfodil or the Rennes duo of Mehdi Zeffane, and Ramy
Bensebaini, although the latter is yet to be capped for the Fennecs despite having been called up for the last game
But Leekens who has admitted to be ‘afriad of the Nigeria duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi was quick to point
out that the list is not final.
The coach said: “I’ll complete the list soon. There are a lot of players that I like that are not on this list.”
Algeria travel to play Nigeria on November 12 at the Godswil Akpabio Stadium, Uyo. The Super Eagles lead the group
on three points, with the Fennecs trailing in joint second with one point after the opening round of matches.
GK: Rais M’Bolhi (Antalyaspor/TUR)
DEF: Hicham Belkaroui (Esperance/TUN), Liassime Cadamuro-Bentaiba (Servette/SWI), Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli/ITA),
Mandi, Carl Medjani (Leganes/ESP))
MF: Adlene Guedioura (Watford/ENG) Mehdi Abeid (Dijon/FRA), Saphir Taider (Bologna/ITA), Bentaleb, Yacine Brahimi
(FC Porto/POR), Ryad Boudebouz (Montpellier/FRA), Sofiane Feghouli (West Ham/ENG)
FW: Islam Slimani (Leicester/ENG), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester/ENG), Adam Ounas (Bordeaux/FRA), El Arabi Soudani (Dinamo
Zagreb/CRO) Rachid Ghezzal (Lyon/FRA)