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Algeria keeps faith with World Cup squad

The African country named all 23 players from their World Cup squad for their opening qualifiers for next year’s African Nations Cup finals

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Algeria named all 23 players from their World Cup squad and eight more considered unlucky to miss the final cut for Brazil for their opening qualifiers for next year’s African Nations Cup finals, the country’s soccer federation said on Friday.

Crystal Palace midfielder Adlene Guedioura, who was cut from the World Cup squad just days before the deadline, was recalled by new coach Christian Gourcuff to the expanded 31-man squad that includes only one uncapped player, Olympique Lyonnaise defender Mehdi Zeffane.

The Africans, who impressed in Brazil under then coach Vahid Halilhodzic by advancing to the second round, open their African Nations Cup campaign away against Ethiopia on Sept. 6 and host Mali at home six days later.

Algeria are among the favourites for the tournament, being hosted in neighbouring Morocco from Jan. 18-Feb. 8.