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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.

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