Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Algerian Coach Finalized His Squad for World Cup

Coach Rabah Saadane finalised his 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, ommitting the goal keeper Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche.

Saadane had just one selection to make after Lazio midfielder Mourad Meghni was forced to withdraw from the 25-man squad that has been preparing in Switzerland and Germany earlier this week.

Algeria suffered a 3-0 defeat in their opening warm-up game against the Republic of Ireland last week and face Saudi Arabia in Nuremberg on Saturday before flying to South Africa.

Algeria will begin their World Cup - Kick 2010 campaign against Slovenia on 13 June before further matches against USA and England.

Algeria squad
  • Goalkeepers: Fawzi Chouachi (ES Setif), Lounes Gaouaoui (ASO Chlef), Rais M'bohi Ouheb (Slavia Sofia/Bulgaria)

  • Defenders: Laifaoui Abdelkader (ES Setif), Madjid Bougherra (Rangers/Scotland), Carl Medjani (Ajaccio/France), Rafik Halliche (Nacional Madeira/Portugal), Anther Yahia (Bochum/Germany), Habib Belaid (Boulogne-sur-Mer/France), Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth/England), Djamel Mesbah (Lecce/Italy)

  • Midfielders: Hassan Yebda (Portsmouth/England), Mehdi Lacen (Racing Santander/Spain), Yazid Mansouri (Lorient/France), Adlane Guedioura (Wolves/England), Riad Boudebouz (Sochaux/France), Djamel Abdoun (Nantes/France), Fouad Kadir (Valenciennes/France), Karim Ziani (Wolfsburg/Germany), Karim Matmour (Borussia Monchengladbach/Germany)

  • Forwards: Abdelkader Ghezzal (Siena/Italy), Rafik Djebbour (AEK Athens/Greece), Rafik Saifi (Istres/France)