Algerian national football team will face, on Friday evening, its Tunisian counterpart at “Hammadi Al-Aqrabi” stadium in Rades (20.30) as part of a friendly preparatory match, which aims to break the African record in the number of matches without defeat, which is currently held by Cote d’Ivoire with 26 matches.
The Greens, who won the last two friendly games on Thursday and Sunday in Blida, against Mauritania (4-1) and Mali (1-0) respectively, and who have not been defeated since November 18, 2018 (victory in Lomé over Togo: 4-1), will play, this time, against a heavy-caliber competitor who occupies second place in Africa, according to the latest classification of the International Federation.
In anticipation of this last preparatory test, Belmadi will involve his starting lineup, especially with the return of right defender Youcef Attal and attacking midfielder, Sofiane Feghouli, who didn’t play the Mali match. However, Adam Ounass’ participation will be uncertain after he suffered a head injury during the match against Mali.
As for the Tunisiam team, which beat the Democratic Republic of the Congo with difficulty in their first friendly match (1-0), it will play this local Maghreb game with the intention of strengthening its second place in the African standings.
The Tunisian team will be deprived of the services of two main pillars, namely midfielders, Youcef Msakni and Ferjani Sassi, who are injured and benefited from a ten-day break. Wahbi Khazri’s teammates will conclude their preparations next Tuesday with a match against Mali at Rades Stadium.
Regarding statistics, Tunisia and Algeria will meet for the 44th time in all competitions, with each team recording 15 victories, compared to 13 draws. Algeria takes the lead in attack with 40 goals scored, compared to 39 for Tunisia.