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Afcon 2019: Kenya will not be an easy team – Algeria’s Sofiane Feghouli admits ▷ Kenya News

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Kenya will face Algeria in their Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) opener group C opener on Sunday, June 23, in Cairo Egypt.

Galatasaray forward Sofiane Feghouli, is part of the Algeria Afcon squad that will lock horns with Kenya and believes that both East African teams (Tanzania) in group C, should not be underestimated.

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Sofiane Feghouli celebrates scoring his team’s first goal after a penalty kick during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between Belgium and Algeria at Estadio Mineirao on June 17, 2014
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Harambee Stars will tackle the Djamel Belmadi’s Desert Foxes first before they meet neighbours Tanzania, and then wrap up the group stages when they face Senegal.

“There is no easy team in Africa. Like everyone else, I watched our group. I do not know much about Kenya and Tanzania. With the technical staff, we will study that, Feghouli said during an interview, according to Foot Mercato.

“We know that it will not be easy. If these teams qualified for Afcon, they deserve it and they will want to demonstrate it,” the Galatasary forward said.

Feghouli however remained optimistic over Algeria’s chances and believe his country can go all the way to the final and lift the African Cup.

“We are going to try to be as strong as possible and win every game by wetting the jersey and playing together for the team,” he resolvedly said.

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“I hope we can go as far as possible and we can win this tournament. When I play a competition, it’s to win it.I do not have another state of mind than wanting to win,” Feghouli charged.

The Algerians have a formidable squad that boasts names such as Manchester City attacker Riyad Mahrez, Fenerbahce’s Islam Slimani and Adam Ounas of Napoli in their ranks.

Interestingly, all the 23 Algerian ply their trade outside their home country.

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Algeria squad

Goalkeepers:

Rais M’Bolhi (Al Ettifaq, Saudi Arabia), Azzedine Doukha (Al Raed, Saudi Arabia,) Alexandre Oukidja (Metz, France)

Defenders:

Aissa Mandi (Real Betis, Spain), Mehdi Zeffane (Rennes, France), Ramy Bensebaini (Rennes, France) Rafik Halliche (Moreirense, Portugal), Mehdi Tahrat (Len, France), Djamel Benlamri (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Youcef Atal (Nice, France), Mohammed Fares (SPAL, Italy)

Midfielders:

Haris Belkebla (Brest, France), Ismael Bennacer (Empoli, Italy) Mehdi Abeid (Dijon, France), Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray, Turkey), Adlene Guedioura (Nottingham Forest, England), Hicham Boudaoui (Paradou)

Forwards:

Adam Ounas (Napoli, Italy), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, England), Islam Slimani (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Yacine Brahimi (Porto, Portugal), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd, Qatar), Youcef Belaili (Esperance, Tunisia)

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Source: Tuko Newspaper





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