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Three Algeria players face late fitness test ahead Nigeria clash

05 December 2015, 17:50

Abuja - Algeria Under 23 National Team Head Coach, Pierre-Andre Schurmann, is battling to get three players fit for Saturday evening's crucial Africa U-23 Cup of Nations final Group B fixture against Nigeria.

Abdelhakim Amokrane (DRB Tadjenanet), Zakaria Haddouche (ES Sétif) and Raouf Benguit (Paradou AC) did not practice with the Algeria squad on the eve of the meeting at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar.

Amokrane did not take part in the workout due to an adductor injury, Haddouche is feeling pains in his chest, while defender Benguit is struggling to overcome a calf problem.

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If they fail a late fitness test, it is envisaged that Osama Derfalou will replace Amokrane in the starting line - up, while Meziane takes the spot of Haddouche.

Both Nigeria and Algeria have four points after two rounds but the North Africans have a superior goal difference and will certainly advance to the semi - finals if they avoid defeat against the Dream Team VI.

At the 2011 CAF U-23 Championship, the Dream Team thrashed their Algerian counterparts 4 - 1 in their final group fixture, with Raheem Lawal grabbing a hat - trick and Danny Uchechi netting in the 87th minute.

- News24


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