Djamel Belmadi, head coach of Algeria has named a strong starting XI squad that will take on Kenya in the two nations’ opening match of the 2019 AFCON finals currently on going in Egypt.
The Dessert Foxes of Algeria will come up against the Harambee Stars of Kenya on Sunday 23 June at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo and a star studded squad comprising mostly of Algeria’s European based stars has been named.
Two time English Premier League (EPL) winner Riyad Mahrez will captain the team and forms a three pronged attack together with Esperance forward Youcef Belaili and Qatari based striker Baghdad Bounedjah.
Algeria’s attack is one of the best at this year’s tournament with Bounedjah in particular, coming into the tourney off the back of a stellar campaign for his club Al Sadd which saw him net a whopping 39 goals.
The three will be supported by Empoli’s Ismael Bennacer and Galatasaray’s Sofiane Feghouli who will line up in midfield with Nottingham Forest’s Adlène Guedioura in a holding role.
Montpellier’s Andy Delort and Porto’s Yacine Brahimi are named among the subs.
Below is the squad;
Starting XI: M’Bolhi (GK), Atal, Mandi, Benlamri, Bensebaini , Guedioura, Bennacer, Feghouli, Mahrez, Bounedjah, Belaili