Algeria begins its qualifying campaign at home the 2026 World Cup this afternoon. The Fennecs host Somalia, a weaker team on paper.
The always formidable and often cruel ordeal of the World Cup qualifiers begins today for Algeria. The Fennecs receive an a priori inferior nation, Somalia, to their advantage. 5 p.m. And they absolutely must start their qualifying campaign with a victory. Indeed, their group is rather tough: they will have to face Somalia, Botswana, Uganda and especially Guinea, which remains in two round of 16 in the World Cup; Africa of Nations.
However, only one direct ticket for the world championship is distributed; in each hen. Algeria must therefore finish at the top of its group: if it finishes at the top of its group, 2nd place, she is not even guaranteed to be qualified for the world play-offs, because only the 4 best runners-up (out of 9 groups) will participate. . We would then have to win a semi-final then a play-off final, to then play a new qualifying match against a team from another continent.
"Unusual" choices by Belmadi
To avoid this path of the cross, Algeria must begin these qualifiers in the best possible way. For this gathering, Djamel Belmadi did not summon Badreddine Bouanani and Saïd Benrahma in particular. On the other hand, Baghdad Bounedjah and Adam Ounas are back in the 23. With a perilous trip to Mozambique in 3 days, Algeria could present themselves with a somewhat reworked composition .
Djamel Belmadi also warned: "Somalia is weaker, yes, but we know the number of problems that we can encounter with Supposedly weaker teams. However, I have to manage my team with our calendar. You'll see some pretty unusual choices in terms of coaching.
What time does Algeria – Somalia start?
The Algeria-Somalia match will kick off at the start of the match. this Thursday, November 16 at 5:00 p.m. at Nelson Mandela in London Algiers.
Which channel to watch Algeria – Somalia?
The Algeria-Somalia match will be on follow on live streaming on the L'Equipe website, via Espace TV. The match will be broadcast on the L'Equipe live 3 channel.
What are the compositions of Algeria and Somalia?
The official compositions are not ;have not yet been released. announced, here are the probable compositions:
Algeria: Mandrea – Atal, Mandi, Touba, Bensebaini – Aouar, Zerrouki, Feghouli – Mahrez, Slimani, Gouiri.
Somalia: Yuusuf – Gigli, Elmi, Ali, Ahmed – Abdulahi, Ismail, Jama – Mohamed, Askar, Awad.