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Federation of Algerian Football bans foreigners from League

Algerian Football Federation

The Federation of Algerian Football has decided to ban all foreign players from the league starting from June 2016 due to financial reasons.

The FAF issued a statement in July 2015 announcing that it would implement a law stipulating that foreign players could no longer come to Algeria to play in the professional leagues starting from June 2016.

FAF President, Mohamed Raouraoua, defended the law saying, “Forty-six percent of the 28 foreign players have played less than half of the season,”

“The idea behind signing foreign players is that they are supposed to contribute. There even two players who have not played a single minute. So what is the point? We must ask questions.”

The FAF justification for the law is due to a lack of financial responsibility from Algerian clubs.

Not all Algerian clubs welcomed this law as backed the FAF’s decision as he believes clubs are not recruiting responsibly, while MC Alger president, Omar Ghrib, opposed claiming that professional leagues should not interfere with how clubs make transfers.

Gharib said, “If the federation wants to run the club, they should pay the players.”


Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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