Algeria have made only minor changes to their squad for their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier against Rwanda in Kigali on Saturday 28 March.
Coach Rabah Saadane, who had been working with his locally-based players last week, made just two personnel changes, both in defence, from the squad that beat Benin 2-1 in a friendly international in February. Defender Reda Babouche, 29, is line to win his second cap in almost four years after making his first appearance for the Algerian national side in 2005, while Samir Zaoui comes in for injured centre-back Anthar Yahia.
Left out of the squad is Karim Ziani from French club Olympique
Marseille, suspended for one game after an accumulation of cautions.
Algeria play in Group C of the final phase of the African qualifiers
for the South African world finals.
Goalkeepers: Mohamed Benhamou (Mouloudia Alger), Lounes Gaouaoui (USM Annaba), Mohamed Ousserir (Chabab Belouizdad)
Defenders: Reda Babouche (Mouloudia Alger), Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth, England), Madjid Bougherra (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Rafik Halliche (Nacional, Portugal), Adel Maiza (Al Ahli Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Mohamed Meftah (JS Kabylie), Slimane Raho (Entente Sétif), Samir Zaoui (ASO Chlef), Abderaouf Zarabi (Nimes, France)
Midfielders: Cherif Abdeslam (JS Kabylie), Yacine Bezzaz (Valenciennes FC, France), Lamouri Djediat (Entente Sétif), Lazhar Hadj Aissa, Khaled Lemmouchia (both Entente Setif), Yazid Mansouri (Lorient, France)
Strikers: Hameur Bouazza (Birmingham City, England), Rafik Djebour (AEK Athens, Greece), Abdelkader Ghezzal (Siena, Italy), Kamel Ghilas (Celta Vigo, Spain), Karim Matmour (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), Rafik Saïfi (Lorient, France).