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Algeria suspends transfer of foreign players into the league

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The transfer of foreign players into the Algeria Ligue 1 has been banned with the effect coming into place in the winter transfer window. This after a directive from the country’s football governing body.

The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) has suspended the recruitment on foreign players by the country’s top flight sides. This comes into effect in the winter transfer window. The foreign players currently on contract are not affected by this directive as they are allowed to see out their contracts.

Algeria already has stringent rules of foreign players. Only three acquisitions are allowed in the team squad and only two can feature in a match at any one time. The country’s attractiveness to foreign players also took some hit with the tragic death of Albert Ebosse of JS Kabylie.

The main reason given relates to fiscal constraints experienced by the clubs and the difficulty in attaining foreign currency, needed for these hefty transfers, in Algeria. The Federation also pointed out the unscrupulousness of player agents and some of the players as a motivator for this action.

This will definitely stir conversation in the rest of North Africa, where foreign players are aplenty and normally command big transfer sums and wages relative to local based players.

I have dedicated part of my time in this bad world to following African football. From CECAFA to WAFU, COSAFA to UNAF & even the forgotten UNIFFAC.

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