Lyon’s Aouar gets first Algeria call-up after switch from France

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League - Group A - Olympique Lyonnais v Brondby - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - September 30, 2021 Olympique Lyonnais' Houssem Aouar celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Olympique Lyon’s Houssem Aouar has been called up to the Algeria squad for the first time ahead of games against Uganda and Tunisia, the national football association said on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old midfielder played one game for France – a friendly against Ukraine in 2020 – before switching allegiance to Algeria, where his parents were born, in March.

Algeria play Uganda in an Africa Cup on Nations qualifier on June 18 and host Tunisia in a friendly two days later.

Algeria, Cup of Nations champions in 1990 and 2019, have already secured qualification for the Finals of the next edition in Ivory Coast next January.

(Reporting by Mohamed Chikhi, Writing by Shady Amir, Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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