Mahrez excluded from Algeria’s squad: “I rested on purpose, but I respect the decision”

A bit of a surprise Riyad Mahrez he was excluded from Algeria’s squad for the matches against Guinea and Uganda, scheduled for next June and valid for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. Vladimir Petkovic did not include the name of the Al Ahli attacking winger in list, also triggering the player’s anger. The former Manchester City player commented on his exclusion via social media, via his X account:

“I haven’t received any calls from either the coach or the federation. I had a little discomfort in my knee, so I opted to rest during the last 2 championship matches to be operational in these 2 matches for the 2026 World Cup, which are so important Good luck to EN for the next matches, it was important for me to be present, obviously I respect the coach’s choice but I take note of this decision.”

Goalkeepers: Benbot, Mandrea, Zeghba.

Defenders: Ait-Nouri, Atal, Belaid, Guitoun, Hadjam, Keddad, Madani, Mandi, Tougai.

Midfielders: Aouar (Roma), Bennacer (Milan), Bentaleb, Kendouci, Zerrouki.

Attackers: Amoura, Bakrar, Benrahma, Benzia, Bounedjah, Brahimi, Gouiri, Hadj Moussa.