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Algerian duo Atal and Ounas recover in time for friendly with Tunisia

After missing the Desert Foxes’ outings at the Mustapha Tchaker stadium last week, the two players traveled to Tunis on Thursday.

Nice right-back Youcef Atal and Crotone midfielder Adam Ounas have recovered from their injuries and are available for selection when Algeria faces Tunisia in an international friendly on Friday.

The duo missed the Desert Foxes’ victories over Mauritania and Mali on Thursday and Sunday respectively, but they are now in contention for the warm-up meeting at the Olympic Stadium in Rades.

The Algerian Football Federation announced Thursday that Atal and Ounas had joined Djamel Belmadi’s team for the trip to Tunis.

They arrived in this North African country on Thursday afternoon and were received by the Algerian Ambassador to Tunisia, Mr. Azzouz Baalal and the President of the Tunisian Football Federation, Mr. Wadie Jary.

“The good news is to see Youcef Atal and Adam Ounas again, slightly injured, the first against Mauritania and the second against Mali, to resume work with their teammates, even if the member of FC Crotone was caught in charge in differentiated by Rémi Lancou. , ” the statement read.

This month’s friendlies were scheduled to prepare the reigning African champions for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers which begin in September.

Algeria are in Group A with Burkina Faso, Djibouti and Niger, and they will aim to return to the world stage after missing the 2018 edition in Russia.

Tunisia, sadly, will be without key players Ferjani Sassi and Youssef Msakni for Friday’s game after both players injured each other in Saturday’s victory over DR Congo.

Algeria are on a 26-game unbeaten streak with their last loss dating back to October 2018 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin, while the Carthage Eagles are yet to have lost their last 11 games since losing 1-0 to Nigeria in the third place match at Afcon 2019.

The last time the two countries faced each other was in a friendly in Algeria in March 2019 and the hosts won the game 1-0, thanks to Baghdad Bounedjah’s 70th-minute strike from the penalty spot. .

After Friday, Tunisia will face Mali in the same venue on June 15 before the Desert Foxes conclude their busy international break with another friendly against Burundi a day later.

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