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World Cup 2010: Sadaane confirms Algerian squad

Kamel Ghilas

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Algeria coach Rabah Saadane has dropped goalkeeper Mohamed Zemmamouche from the Desert Foxes' squad for the World Cup.

He is only member of the original 25-man party to be axed, although Lazio midfielder Mourad Meghni misses out because of injury.

Sadaane had five reserve players on standby, but none is required to make the trip.

Algeria are in Group C along with the United States, Slovenia and England, who they face in Cape Town on 18 June.

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The squad list includes nine players who have switched their allegiance to the north African country after previously being capped at junior level by France.

There are only three home based players and none from newly crowned league champions Mouloudia Alger.

Algeria meet Slovenia on 13 June in their opening World Cup Group C match, followed by games against England and the United States.

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They were beaten 3-0 by the Republic of Ireland in their first warm-up match for the World Cup.

They have one more game remaining before travelling to South Africa, against United Arab Emirates in Nuremberg on 5 June.

The Desert Foxes were the final team to qualify for South Africa 2010, after needing a play-off game against their North African rivals Egypt to go through.


Algeria squad:

Goalkeepers: Lounes Gaouaoui (ASO Chlef), Faouzi Chaouchi (Entente Setif), Rais M Bolhi (Slavia Sofia, Bulgaria)

Defenders: Abdelkader Laifaoui (Entente Setif), Madjid Bougherra (Rangers, Scotland), Carl Medjani (Ajaccio, France), Rafik Halliche (Nacional Madeira, Portugal), Anther Yahia (Bochum, Germany), Habib Belaid (Boulogne-sur-Mer, France), Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth, England), Djamel Mesbah (Lecce, Italy)

Midfielders: Hassan Yebda (Portsmouth, England), Medhi Lacen (Racing Santander, Spain), Yazid Mansouri (Lorient, France), Adlene Guedioura (on loan at Wolverhampton, England from Charleroi, Belgium), Riad Boudebouz (Sochaux, France), Djamel Abdoun (Nantes, France), Fouad Kadir (Valenciennes, France), Karim Ziani (Wolfsburg, Germany), Karim Matmour (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany)

Strikers: Abdelkader Ghezzal (Siena, Italy), Rafik Djebbour (AEK Athens, Greece), Rafik Saifi (Istres, France)



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