Riyad Mahrez led Algeria to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Kenya as they opened their Africa Cup of Nations finals campaign with a solid display.
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Algeria have named Manchester City attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez in their 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The 24 qualifiers for the expanded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations are naming their 23-man squads for the showpiece tournament.
The Algerian headlined the African performances over the weekend, but Romain Hamouma and Kalidou Koulibaly also produced star turns.
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Officials of Algerian club USM Alger have played down the chants from fans about the late Iraqi leader at a match that prompted a political crisis.
Rachid Ghezzal netted a consolation goal as the Foxes were defeated 2-1 at home by Liverpool on Saturday.
Algeria have appointed former international Djamel Belmadi as their new national coach, the country's football federation announced on Thursday.
Morocco recently bid for the 2026 tournament but were beaten by a North and Central American coalition of USA, Mexico and Canada.
Last month, Morocco missed out to a joint bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada in the vote for the 2026 finals.
The Frenchman oversaw an encouraging World Cup campaign for the Atlas Lions despite their early elimination.
Algeria have parted ways with head coach Rabah Madjer, according to the Minister of Youth and Sports.
Portugal forward Goncalo Guedes made a strong claim for a place in their World Cup team by scoring twice in a comfortable 3-0 win against Algeria.
The Algerian Ministry of the Interior has assigned a team to examine the causes behind the weekend's stadium violence.
The high-profile duo haven't featured for the Fennecs since Rabah Madjer took over.
The Algeria international leads the line for the cup's all-star selection after scoring four goals for Leicester City.
While Africa's five World Cup finalizts prepare for next summer, controversy continues to mire the Algeria national side.
Madjer, a former Algeria international, took charge of his country for a third time last month when Lucas Alcarez was sacked.
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