No Feghouli, Ghaly, Morsi at Af­con

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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.

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

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.

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