A veteran with 12 years of international experience, Saifi was Algeria’s joint-top scorer in qualifying with three goals but lost his place in January after the embarrassing opening loss to Malawi at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Saifi has gone seven internationals without a goal (as of 3 June) since scoring the winner against Zambia last September – his worst run since a nine-match barren spell between 2002 and 2004. His 18 international goals have all come against African sides.
Saifi ended a 10-year spell in French football when he joined Qatari side Al-Khor last August, but he returned to France on loan in January with Second Division Istres. He won the Algerian league with MC Algers in 1999 before moving to France, where he has scored a combined 53 goals in 279 league appearances for Troyes (1999-2004), Ajaccio (2005-06), Lorient (2006-09) and Istres (2004-05 & 2010).
If he plays, Saifi will become the oldest Algerian to appear in a World Cup finals, surpassing Mahmoud Guendouz who was 33 when he featured against Spain in 1986.
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