Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Rafik Halliche: Former Algeria captain retires from international duty

Former Algeria captain Rafik Halliche has called time on his international career, 11 years after making his debut appearance.

Halliche came on as an 84th-minute substitute on Monday and to make his play his final game for Algeria in their 1-0 win.

After the encounter at the Stade du 5 Juillet, the centre-back was celebrated by his teammates with the Afcon title in his hands while the fans cheered on from the stands.

The 33-year-old defender made his international debut in May 2008 against Senegal and went on to represent the Desert Foxes at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and two World Cups

Halliche was part of Djamel Belmadi's team that ended Algeria's 29-year for the Afcon title at Egypt in July.

During his 11-year career with the national team, Fulham and Qatar SC made 41 appearances with three points.

Following his retirement call, Halliche will shift his focus on club duty with Moreirense and help them continue their fine start in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.


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