Galatasaray midfielder Sofiane Feghouli has declared Algeria’s intentions going to the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations early enough.
According to Feghouili Algeria’s ultimate target is to win the championship they last won in 1990.
“We do not fear people, we are serious about returning to the country with the Cup,” Feghouli told www.faf.dz.
The 29-year-old midfielder believes that winning their first group game against Kenya will be a good foundation for their title dream.
“The first match of the group is always important to win to start the competition. In any case, we will take the games one after the other.”
“I am convinced that the group is ready. I feel that everyone wants to give the best of himself during this African Cup. Now, the most important thing is to succeed this first match against Kenya,” he added.
The Djamel Belmadi coached side is looking to break the 29-year-old drought, since 1990 they have only been beyond the last eight in 2010.
“The 23 best Algerians are there, the level is high. The intensity is better, the competition is healthy. I get up and sleep thinking about that.”
“I came for that, otherwise, it’s better to stay at home with your family. I think even my teammates think like me,” Feghouli noted.
It should be noted that Algeria had a poor performance in 2017 edition in Gabon when they failed to make it to the knockout stage.
The team is currently in Qatar where they will play friendlies against Burundi today evening before taking on Mali five days later, they will travel to Egypt on June 18th.
The Desert Warriors are pooled in group C alongside Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania in the tournament that will kick off on June 21st.
Goalkeepers: Rais M’Bolhi (El Etifaq, Saudi Arabia), Azzedine Doukha (Al Raed, Saudi Arabia), Alexandre Oukidja (Metz FRA)
Defenders: Aissa Mandi (Real Betis, Spain), Mehdi Zeffane (Rennes, France), Ramy Bensebaini (Rennes, France), Rafik Halliche (Moreirense, Portugal), Mehdi Tahrat (Lens, France), Djamel Benlamri (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Youcef Atal (Nice, France), Mohamed Fares (SPAL, Italy)
Midfielders: Haris Belkebla (Brest, France), Ismail Bennacer (Empoli, Italy), Mehdi Abeid (Dijon, France), Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray, Turkey), Adlene Guedioura (Nottingham Forest, England), Hicham Boudaoui (Paradou)
Forwards: Adam Ounas (Napoli, Italy), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, England), Islam Slimani (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Yacine Brahimi (Porto, Portugal), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd, Qatar), Youcef Belaili (Esperance Tunisia)