Riyad Mahrez would have asked national coach Djamel Belmadi to exempt her from the next internship. He could be the big absentee from the next two meetings, respectively against Uganda and Tanzania.
Djamel Belmadi still hangs in suspense regarding the list of players called up for the next internship. The latter will undoubtedly be marked by great surprises. There will be novelties, as there will be sidelining for different reasons. Riyad Mahrez could ultimately not be part of it.
The captain of the national team would have asked Belmadi to exempt him from the next internship. Thus, he should not be affected by the two meetings against Uganda and Tanzania. Two matches that fall within the framework of the first two days of the qualifiers for CAN-2023.
Has Riyadh asked for a break?
Riyad Mahrez has had a stunning season with Manchester City. A season at the end of which he won the Premier League championship with the Citizens. It must be said that he strongly contributed to this consecration, being the author of 11 goals and 5 assists in 28 games played. Statistics that only concern matches played in the league.
Having made enormous efforts with his team (47 games played in all competitions), the native of Sarcelles would have asked the national coach Djamel Belmadi to exempt him from the next internship. Currently on vacation in Marrakech, he would like to take a little rest and return to full possession of his abilities next September. The information is not yet confirmed, of course, but rather reported by several Algerian media.
It is not a first that Mahrez asks to skip the internship of the national selection. Indeed, last January, he missed the preparation course in anticipation of the CAN for having married in just marriage.
The possible absence of the captain of the national team has created a great controversy on social networks. If the information is confirmed, it will be the great dismay of Algerian supporters. Most of them had openly criticized the player last March. And for good reason, he was missed during the double confrontation against Cameroon, as part of the play-offs for the qualification for the next World Cup in Qatar.