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Algeria names Nations Cup squad

Algeria coach Rabah Saadane
Algeria coach Rabah Saadane has named his squad for the Nations Cup

Algeria have named a 23 man team to play in the Africa Cup of Nations next month in Angola.

The team includes fourteen foreign based players including Majid Bougherra who plays for Rangers in Scotland.

But there is no place in the squad for Hull City striker Kamel Ghilas.

Ghilas is not even named as one of the four reserve players on standby in case any of the 23 suffers an injury.

Algeria's manager Rabah Saadane named the team during a press conference on Thursday in Algiers.

Saadane also announced that the team would train in Le Castellet in Southern France from 26 December to 7 January before leaving for the Angolan capital Luanda.

Saadane said the team would do their very best to win the competition despite what he referred to as 'difficult climate conditions' in Angola at that time of the year.

"The climate in Angola is very difficult especially in this period and the players are not accustomed to this kind of situation," he said.

"Heat and humidity are handicaps for us at the Nations Cup, but we will play best to win our matches."

Algeria are in Group A alongside hosts Angola, Mali and Malawi.

Their first game is against Malawi on 11 January.

Algeria's full squad list:

Goalkeepers: Lounes Gaouaoui (ASO Chlef), Fawzi Chaouchi (ES Setif), Mohamed Amine Zemmamouche (MC Algiers)

Defenders: Slimane Raho (ES Setif), Madjid Bougherra (Rangers/Scotland), Rafik Halliche (Nacional/Portugal), Anthar Yahia (Bochum/Germany), Samir Zaoui (ASO Chlef), Abdelkader Laifaoui (ES Setif), Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth/England), Reda Baabouche (MC Algiers)

Midfielders: Hassen Yebda (Portsmouth/England), Yazid Mansouri (Lorient/France), Khaled Lemmouchia (ES Setif), Mourad Meghni (Lazio/Italy), Karim Ziani (Wolfsburg/Germany), Karim Matmour (Borussia Monchengladbach/Germany), Yacine Bezzaz (Strasbourg/France), Hameur Bouazza (Blackpool/England), Djamal Abdoun (Nantes/France)

Forwards: Rafik Saifi (Al-Khor/Qatar), Abdelkader Mohamed Ghezzal (Siena/Italy), Abdelmalik Ziaya (ES Setif)

Reserves: Mohamed Ousserir (CR Belouizdad), Mohamed Meftah (JS Kabylie), Hocine Metref (ES Setif), Chadli Amri (Mainz/Germany)

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