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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 April, 2004, 13:02 GMT 14:02 UK
Algeria name friendly squad
Belgian coach Robert Waseige

Algeria have announced a 23-man squad for the friendly against China later this month.

Defender Nadir Belhadj and France-born midfielder Salah Bakour are both in line to win their first caps, having been named in the squad.

Belhadj plays for French Ligue 2 club Guegnon, while Balour represents Caen in the same division.

The France-based pair are among 13 players from European clubs named in the squad for the match, which will take place in the French city of Clermont Ferrand on 28 April.

Rabah Sadane, who resigned as Algeria boss after leading the Desert Foxes to the quarter-finals of the 2004 Cup of Nations, will be in charge for the match while the north Africans await the arrival of new coach Robert Waseige.

The Belgian, who was named as Algeria's new coach by the country's football federation last month, will not take charge of the Desert Foxes until his season with Belgian first division club Charleroi ends.

Charleroi, where Waseige has been sporting director since October, currently lie three places from the bottom of Belgium's first division and are in danger of relegation.

Algeria's match against China serves as part of the African nation's preparations for their 2006 World Cup qualifiers, with the first round of group matches starting in June.

The Algerians have been drawn in Group 4 alongside Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Angola amd Gabon.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Larak Benfissa (ASO Chlef), Mohamed Benhamou (Paris St Germain, France), Lounes Gaouaoui (JS Kabylie)

Defenders: Malek Ait Alia (Clermont Ferrand, France), Nadir Belhadj (Gueugnon, France), Samir Beloufa (Excelsior Mouscron, Belgium), Salim Aribi (USM Alger), Mehdi Meniri (Metz, France), Antar Yahia (Bastia, France), Brahim Zafour (JS Kabylie)

Midfielders: Hocine Achiou, Omar Ammour (both USM Alger), Salah Bakour (Caen, France), Djamel Belmadi (Al Ittihad, Qatar), Fodil Hadjadj (Nantes, France), Mamar Mamouni (La Louviere, Belgium), Karim Ziani (Troyes, France)

Forwards: Nassim Akrour (Troyes, France), Salim Arrache (Strasbourg, France), Adlene Bensaid (USM Annaba), Mansour Boutabout (Gueugnon, France), Bouabdellah Daoud (Mouloudia Oran), Karim Ghazi (Esperance, Tunisia).




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