French Olympique Lyonnais star, Houssem Aouar, of Algerian origin, ignited social media platforms on Tuesday 24 May, after he published a story on his official account on “Instagram” confirming his presence in Algeria, specifically in the state of Oran, west of the Algerian capital.
The story that Awar published included a picture of the Abdelhamid Ben Badis Mosque, which is one of Oran’s most prominent landmarks. The Algerian fans interacted widely with the image, and some fans went even further, by linking Awar’s presence in Algeria to his joining the camp of the Desert Warriors team, which begins at the end of this month, in preparation for the matches of Uganda and Tanzania on June 4 and 8, in the opening qualifiers. Africa Cup of Nations 2023.
Winwin’s sources denied that Aouar, who previously represented France, in Algeria had anything to do with the Algerian national team, noting that Aouar came to Algeria to visit his family residing in the Ain Temouchent governorate, which is about 100 km from Oran.
The same sources confirmed that Aouar, 23, had not visited Algeria for about 5 years, that is, since he became a professional player at Olympique Lyonnais, and before that the midfielder visited his family in Algeria regularly during the summer vacation.
Followers believe that Aouar is trying with this step to flirt with the Algerian national team and its coach Djamel Belmadi, although he turned his back on him earlier when Belmadi asked him personally, and at the time preferred to play with “roosters”, but the coach of the French national team, Didier Deschamps, did not summon him except on two occasions. Just.
Aouar participated only once with the French national team, and that was on October 7, 2020, during the friendly confrontation with Ukraine, in which France won (7-1) and Aouar made two goals in the match, before he was then finally eliminated from Deschamps’ accounts, after a decline in levels, according to followers. It is still legal for an Olympique Lyonnais graduate to play for Algeria.
It is worth noting that Lyon is preparing to sell Awar this summer; Because his contract expires in the summer of 2023. The player of Algerian origin is interested in many European clubs, including English club Leicester City and Spain’s Real Betis.
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