Algeria: Feghouli and M’bohli may return to international football

Feghouli dribbles the ball for West Ham in the English Premier League

The Algerian assistant coach, Meziane Ighil, has revealed that the experienced duo of Sofiane Feghouli and Rais M’bohli have the opportunity to return to the national team squad even though they have been sidelined during Rabah Madjer’s era as the head coach.


The pair had previously been an integral part of the Desert Foxes charges until the arrival of Madjer during the 2018 World Cup qualifying rounds when Algeria drew 1-1 with Nigeria. They were not even included in the squad for the recent friendlies, where the beat Tanzania 4-1 and lost to world cup bound Iran, by two goals to one. The 31-year-old goalkeeper, M’bohli joined Saudi Arabia side, Al-Ettifaq in January and has enjoyed a strong start to life in Saudi, winning five, drawing three and losing only once in his last nine matches for the club.

Feghouli who now plies his trade at Galatasaray had been at EPL side, West Ham United where he failed to make a mark, more so because he fell out of favor with the then manager, Slaven Bilic. The 28-year-old is slowly picking up form in Turkey having scored six goals and contributed seven assists in 28 appearances for the Lions.

M’Bolhi is making his comeback at a very high level. Feghouli too is with Galatasaray. The doors of the national side are open to any players who are capable of adding something to the national team.
— Meziane Ighil, Algeria’s National Team Assistant Coach