Riyad Mahrez

Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has pulled out of Algeria’s trip to Botswana due to family reasons.

The Desert Foxes are scheduled to play the Southern Africa nation in their second Group H qualifying game for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.


Following their 5-0 home win over Zambia, Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi gave the reason for Mahrez’s exclusion from their travelling squad to Gaborone.

“He’s not travelling with us for family reasons,” Belmadi was quoted as saying by Reuters.

On Thursday, the Man City winger assisted Baghdad Bounedjah in sealing Algeria’s emphatic win against the Chipolopolo in Blida.

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