Reigning BBC African Footballer of The Year Yacine Brahimi and Valencia attacker Sofiane Feghouli have been named in Algeria’s AFCON 2015 squad by coach Christian Gourcuff.
Brahimi has been one of FC Porto’s top players since the start of the season while Feghouli has helped Valencia to their current 5th place on the Spanish La Liga.
The two players will be key to the Desert Foxes’ chances of excelling in the 2015 AFCON as they have been placed in Group C with Ghana, South Africa and Senegal.
Other top names making the 23 named by Gourcuff are Mehdi Abeid of Newcastle, Nabil Bentaleb of Tottenham, Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City, and Carl Medjani and Essaid Belkalem of Trabzonspor where Abdul Majeed Waris also plays.
Bastia’s Ryad Boudebouz has been placed on the stand-by list together with 6 other players.
Below is the full squad named by Christian Gourcuff (names are written with surnames first in alphabetical order):
1- Abeid Mehdi (Newcastle United/ England)
2- Belfodil Ishak (Parma/ Italy)
3- Belkalem Essaid (Trabzonspor/ Turkey)
4- Bentaleb Nabil (Tottenham/ England)
5- Bouguerra Madjid (Fujaira/ UAE)
6- Brahimi Yacine (FC Porto/ Portugal)
7- Djabou Abdelmoumen (Club Africain/ Tunisia)
8- Doukha Izzeddine (JS Kabylie/ Algeria)
9- Feghouli Sofiane (FC Valence/ Spain)
10- Ghoulam Faouzi (SSC Naples/ Italy)
11- Halliche Rafik (SC Qatar/ Qatar)
12- Kadir Foued (Betis Seville/ Spain)
13- Lacen Medhi (Getafe/ Spain)
14- Mahrez Riyad (Leicester/ England)
15- Mandi Aissa (Reims/ France)
16- Mbolhi Rais (Philadelphia/ USA)
17- Medjani Carl (Trabzonspor/ Turkey)
18- Mesbah Djamel Eddine (Sampdoria Gênes/ Italy)
19- Slimani Islam (Sporting/ Portugal)
20- Soudani Hilal Al Arabi (Dynamo Zagreb/ Croatia)
21- Taider Saphir (Sassuolo/ Italy)
22- Zeffane Mehdi (Lyon/ France)
23- Zemmamouche Mohamed Lamine (USM Alger)
1- Cadamuro Liassine (Osasuna/ Spain)
2- Guedioura Adlane (Watford/ England)
3- Mostefa Sebaa Mehdi (FC Lorient/ France)
4- Mesloub Walid (FC Lorient/ France)
5- Boudebouz Ryad (SC Bastia/ France)
6- Kashi Ahmed (FC Metz/ France)
7- Bounedjah Baghdad (Etoile du Sahel/ Tunisie)
Information from the Algerian Football Association was used in this story
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana