Star player: Riyad Mahrez
Mahrez wears two crowns; King of England with an unfancied Leicester City side and King of Africa after he was named the Player of the Year. He beat Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon for the African prize. But there is space for another crown, the one that would delight all Algerians, winning the Africa Cup of Nations. The 25-yearold will lead a talented generation that can compete against the best.
Coach: Georges Leekens
The Belgian coach has been at the helm of Algeria for a paltry three months. He replaced Serbian Milovan Rajevac whose sin was drawing with Cameroon in Algeria’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier. That should keep Leekens on his toes in his second stint with the Dessert Foxes, knowing that nothing short of excellence is required of him and the team.