August 19, 2017

Road to Russia: Algeria name squad for Eagles today

THE new coach of the Algerian national football team will today release the list of players for the World Cup qualifier against Nigeria later this month in Uyo.

Georges Leekens was named coach of the Desert Foxes last week and today he will make his first public appearance since he was named to replace Milovan Rajevac.

Reports from Algiers say the Belgian will make the announcement at the Olympic Complex conference hall, Algiers, at

Regular team members such as Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani, Yacine Brahimi, Sofiane Feghouli and Adlene Guedioura are expected to be in the squad.

Leekens’ schedule  for today also includes a press conference which will come immediately after he has released the list of players.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr, on Saturday released the list of players that will prosecute the match against the Algerians. All  but one of the 24 players are foreign-based.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles play host to the Desert Foxes on November 12 in Uyo on match day 2 of the African Group B qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup to be hosted by Russia.

After the first round of matches, Nigeria sit atop the group on three points following a 2-1 victory over the Chipolopolo of Zambia.

Algeria and Cameroon have one point each after both sides shared the spoils in Algiers. Zambia are fourth with no point.