African Nations Cup

Khaled Lemmouchia quits Algeria squad

January 14, 2010

Algeria's African Nations Cup problems have worsened after midfielder Khaled Lemmouchia quit the squad amid reports of a bust up with coach Rabah Saadane.

Khaled Lemmouchia
GettyImagesKhaled Lemmouchia will play no further part in Angola

The mood in the Algeria camp is despondent following their shock 3-0 defeat by Malawi at the African Nations Cup in Angola.

Algeria - one of England's group opponents in the World Cup - announced last night that Lemmouchia had left the tournament because of "family reasons''.

However, speculation continues that the ES Setif midfielder decided to leave after a violent confrontation with Saadane.

Lemmouchia, who came through the Lyon youth academy, had been strongly linked with a move to Montpellier but ahead of the African Nations Cup the 28-year-old announced he had put a temporarily halt to discussions in order to concentrate on the tournament.

Rafik Saifi is also said to be considering quitting the squad while the Algerian FA have refused to comment on reports Faouzi Chaouchi threw several punches at team-mate Mohamed Ousserir after training on Tuesday.