3 January 2017
THE Warriors, who started preparations last week, have had more days together in training than their first group B opponents Algeria.
The Desert Foxes of Algeria, who have since named their final 23-man squad, will only have all their stars this week.
Two of their stars Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez were part of the Leicester team over the weekend as the Barclays Premiership champions edged West Ham 1-0 at King Power. Mahrez also played for the English Champions yesterday as they labored to a 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough but Slimani was out with a fever.
On Saturday Slimani scored Leicester’s winner in what has been a difficult season so far for the Foxes.
The two were named in the final squad by coach Georges Leekens, who however omitted West Ham midfielder Sofiane Feghouli and Leganes defender Carl Medjani, according to CAF online.
The Warriors will face the Desert Foxes of Algeria on January 15 at Stade de Franceville, Senegal on January 19 at the same stadium before they complete the group matches against Tunisia on January 23 at Stade de l’Amitié.
Slimani, Mahrez and Dinamo Zagreb’s Hillal El Arabi Soudani could be the biggest threat to Kalisto Pasuwa’s charges. Soudani was top scorer in the qualifiers with seven goals in six matches.
ALGERIA FULL SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Raïs Ouhab M’bolhi (Antalyaspor, Turkey), Malik Asselah (JS Kabylie), Chemseddine Rahmani (MO Bejaia)
Defenders: Mokhtar Belkhiter (Club Africain, Tunisia), Mohamed Rabie Meftah (USM Alger), Aïssa Mandi (Real Betis, Spain), Hicham Belkaroui (Esperance Tunis, Tunisia), Liassine Cadamuro (Servette, Switzerland), Mohamed Benyahia (USM Alger), Ramy Bensebaïni (Rennes, France), Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli, Italy), Djamel Eddine Mesbah (Crotone, Italy)
Midfielders: Adlène Guedioura (Watford, England), Saphir Taïder (Bologne, Italy), Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke 04, Germany), Mehdi Abeid (Dijon, France), Yassine Brahimi (FC Porto, Portugal), Rachid Ghezzal (Lyon, France)
Strikers: Islam Slimani (Leicester, England), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester, England), Hillal El Arabi Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd, Qatar), Sofiane Hanni (Anderlecht, Belgium)