Lecce club, which is active in the Italian Serie A championship, announced on Tuesday, through an official statement, the summoning of its Algerian player Ahmed Touba to participate in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ivory Coast.
The club management revealed that three players from the first team will join their national teams during the tournament, which will start next January 13th.
The matter concerns Algerian pivotal defender Ahmed Touba, Zambian striker Lamek Banda, in addition to Tunisian playmaker Hamza Rafia.
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The player’s status with his club
Algerian Ahmed Touba moved from the Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir to Italian club Lecce last August on loan.
The graduate of the Belgian Club Brugge academy did not succeed in imposing himself and playing regularly, as he was limited to participating as a starter in only two matches, one of which was in the Italian League competition.
The player’s situation in the national team differs from the one he lives with his club Lecce, as coach Djamel Belmadi considers him as one of the options presented in the positions of defense and left back.
Touba played in the friendly matches against Cape Verde Islands and Egypt last October, as part of the starting lineup, where he participated in 153 minutes.
Better engagement rates than this duo
The competition for positions in the national team intensified, a few days before coach Belmadi announced the final list of players who will travel to the Ivory Coast.
The participating teams in Balkan are expected to present their final list, which includes 27 players, ten days before the start of the tournament.
On this basis, Touba competes with other names active in the defense axis and on the left flank in particular for a position that secures his presence on the Greens’ list.
The bad period that the duo, Joan Hajam, a professional at the French club Nantes, and the new recruit, Yasser Laroussi, a player for the English club Sheffield United, served as Ahmed Touba.
Hajam appeared rarely in the Nantes shirt this season, as he participated in a total of 105 minutes in the French League championship.
Meanwhile, the French club player for Troyes, loaned to Sheffield United, Yasser Laroussi, is living the same scenario, as his last appearance in the English club’s shirt in the local league dates back to the seventh of last October.
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