It's been a while I know.. but I'm back with a new post about our National Selection that will be competing in next month's African Cup of Nations 2013 in South Africa.
For those who are not aware, we've been drawn to a "group of death" according to the CAF website. The group looks as follows:
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Rais Mbolhi (Krylia Sovetov / Russia)
Cédric Si Mohammed (JEM Béjaia / Algeria)
Azzeddine Doukha (USM Harrach / Algeria)
Essaïd Belkalem (JS Kabylie / Algeria)
Carl Medjani (AC Ajaccio / France)
Rafik Halliche (Academica / Portugal)
Ali Rial (JS Kabylie / Algeria)
Mehdi Mostefa (AC Ajaccio / France)
Liassine Cadamuro (Real Sociedad / Spain)
Djamel Mesbah (AC Milan / Italy)
Faouzi Ghoulam (Saint Etienne / France)
Adlène Guedioura (Nothingham Forest / England)
Medhi Lacen (Getafe / Spain)
Khaled Lemmouchia (Club Africain / Tunisia)
Saad Tedjar (USM Alger)
Hameur Bouazza (Racing Santander / Spain)
Ryad Boudebouz (Sochaux / France)
Foued Kadir (Valenciennes / France)
Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia / Spain)
Djamel Abdoun (Olympiakos / Greece)
Hilal Soudani (Guimares / Protugal)
Islam Slimani (CR Belouizdad / Algeria)
Mohamed Amine Aoudia (ES Sétif / Algeria)
Yacine Bezzaz (CS Constantine / Algeria)
It's been officially announced that Djamel Abdoun is no longer on the list due to an injury that he sustained in his team's last game before Christmas break, which is very unfortunate and unlucky in my opinion because he's been outstanding this season for Olympiacos and even against big teams such as Arsenal.
There are rumors circulating that Abdelmoumene Djabou has been called to replace Abdoun, but nothing official has been announced yet.
The biggest controversial decision has been the exclusion of Rafik Djebbour who's also been on fire with his club Olympiakos this season with 12 goals to his name I believe. I believe that Djebbour under Halilou could've offered a lot more to the national team because he seems to fit into the new system of play. I could be wrong, but he could've definitely offered more than what Bezzaz would (even though i'm a die hard fan of Bezzaz).