No Feghouli, Ghaly, Morsi at Afcon
WEST Ham midfielder Sofiane Feghouli and defender Carl Medjani have been dropped as new Algeria coach Georges Leekens unveiled his 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Feghouli has scored 11 goals in 42 appearances for Algeria including a goal in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil which helped his country advance to the last 16. However, the 27-yearold, a reported target by French club Marseille, has played a peripheral role for West Ham since his arrival in England last summer. Medjani, 31, who has 54 caps and plays in Spain for Leganes, is absent for the first time since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Leekens’ forward line includes strikers Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani (from Leicester City) and Dinamo Zagreb’s Hillal El Arabi Soudani.
Meanwhile hosts Gabon, have included Germany-based forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder Mario Lemina in their 23-man squad.
The duo were the biggest names in the squad named by new coach Jose Antonio Camacho for the 14 January – 5 February tournament.
England-based duo, midfielder Didier Ibrahim Ndong and central defender Bruno Ecuele Manga were also called-up by the Spaniard trainer.
On the other hand, Egypt coach Hector Cuper has named a provisional 27-man for the Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017.
The biggest casualties were veteran midfielder Hossam Ghaly and Zamalek forward Bassem Morsi, who were both overlooked by the Argentine
Egypt will wrap up their preparations with a friendly against Tunisia on Sunday in Cairo, after which four players will be dropped.
DOWN AND OUT: West Ham United’s Sofiane Feghouli will not play any part in the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon later this month after being left out of the Algerian squad for the tournament due to his lack of game time at the London club.