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Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco friendly squads revealed
Africa’s top ranked side, Algeria, face Guinea and Senegal on the 9th and 13th of October respectively. They have named a typically strong team with three players being given their first call-ups. Also facing Guinea, Morocco are set to give a debut to FC Twente’s playmaker Hakim Ziyech. The Atlas Lions play Guinea on the 12th, three days after they face Ivory Coast.
Rivals, Algeria and Morocco, will look to continue their vein of form from the AFCON 2017 Qualifiers. Both having amassed maximum points thus far.
Tunisia, on the other hand, have left out a host of Esperance’s stars as they bid to earn coach Henri Kasperczak his first win at the helm of the Carthage Eagles. They have only lined up one home friendly; a face off against AFCON 2017 hosts Gabon.
Goalkeepers- Azzedine Doukha (JS Kabylie), Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (USM Alger), Malick Asselah (CR Belouizdad), Mehdi Jeannin (Clermont).
Defenders- Mehdi Zeffane (Rennes, France), Abderahmane Hachoud (MC Alger), Brahim Boudebouda (USM Alger), Carl Medjani (Trabzonspor), Hichem Belkaroui (Club Africain, Tunisia), Faouzi Ghoulam (Naples), Mehdi Jean Taraht (Paris FC), Nacereddine Khoualed (USM alger).
Midfielders- Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia), Ryad Boudebouz (Montpellier), Saphir Taïder (Bologne), Mehdi Abeid (Panathinaikos), Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham), Ahmed Kashi (Charlton), Walid Mesloub (Lorient), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Said Benrahma (Nice).
Attackers- Islam Slimani (Sporting), Hilal Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb), Ishak Belfodil (Baniyas), Yacine Brahimi (Porto), Baghdad Bounedjah (Etoile du Sahel).
Goalkeepers- Bounou Yassine (Real Saragosse), El Kajoui Munir (Numancia), Bourkadi Amine (OCK Khouribga).
Defenders-Achchakir Abderrahim (FAR Rabat), Oulhaj Mohamed (Raja Casablanca), Abarhoune Mohamed (MAT Tétouan), Dirar Nabil (AS Monaco), El Adoua Issam (Chongqing lifan), Lazaar Achraf (Palerme), Chafik Fouad (Laval).
Midfielders- El Ahmadi Karim (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Achenteh Rochdi (Vitesse Arnhem), Obbadi Mounir (LOSC Lille), Feddal Zouhair (Levante), Belhanda Younes (Dynamo de Kiev), Houssine Kharja (Steaua Bucarest), El Kaddouri Omar (Naples), Saadane Marwane (FUS Rabat), Metaouali Mohsine (Al Wakra ), Barrada Abdelaziz (Olympique de Marseille), Mestour Hachim (Malaga FC), Ziyech Hakim (FC Twente).
Attackers- Hamdallah Abderrazzaq (Al Jaish), Chahechouhe Aatif (Sivasspor), Iajour Mouhssine (Qatar- Al Qatari), El Arabi Youssef (Granada CF).
Goalkeepers- Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile Sahel), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Club Africain), Rami Jridi (CS Sfaxien).
Defenders- Slim Ben Jemia (CS Sfaxien), Syam Ben Youssef (Caen), Fabien Béchir Camus (Troyes), Ammar Jemal (Etoile Sahel), Slimane Kchok (CA Bizertin), Ali Maâloul (CS Sfaxien), Ali Machani (Esperance Tunis), Hamza Mathlouthi (CA Bizertin), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Etoile Sahel).
Midfielders- Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux), Hamza Lahmar (Etoile Sahel), Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya), Mohamed Ali Moncer (CS Sfaxien), Ferjani Sassi (FC Metz), Mehdi Ouedherfi (Club Africain).
Attackers- Yassine Chikhaoui (Al-Gharafa), Saber Khelifa (Club Africain), Taha Yassine Khénissi (Esperance Tunis), Khaled Yahia (AS Marsa).