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Captain Mansouri axed by Saadane

June 10, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Algeria captain Yazid Mansouri has been dropped from their team to face Slovenia on Sunday following recent poor performances.

Coach Saadane has dropped captain Mansouri.
GettyImagesCoach Saadane has dropped captain Mansouri.

Mansouri's form has been the subject of much debate, with team-mate Karim Ziani lending his support to his captain after the 32-year-old was criticised by the countries supporters.

Coach Rabah Saadane has otped for 28-year-old Medhi Lacen in the Algeria midfield ahead of Mansouri.

"It was difficult for Mansouri because he is such an important player in this team, but I am at the World Cup and I have to make a decision based on tactics and football. He is not in good form at the moment,'' Saadane said.

Algeria will also face England and the United States in Group C.