It looks like Mehdi Abeid has decided he’d like to play for Algeria at International level.
Mehdi Abeid – training with the Algeria U23 side
We had reported that Mehdi hadto make a decision on which country he would like to play for, and he had already played for the U16, U18 and U18 sides for France, the country of his birth.
It’s news we missed, but on September 30th, Sports Daily Le Buteur had announced that Abeid had spoken to Algeria’s under-23 coach, Azzedine Aït Djoudi, and confirmed he would be joining the team for a training camp in October.
And in fact Mehdi played for the Algerian U23 side in a friendly against USM Algera, an Algerian club, a few days ago, and after the game he was interviewed with a number of questions.
Here’s the interview, which has been translated, first by Google and then by me:
A comment about this first game in the green jersey of Algeria?
“It was good, everything went well for me. After several days of work, we had the application part, it has a good team that can still surprise.”
Apparently, you already feel like a fish in water in this team?
“Yes, we can say that I was well integrated hamdoullah, I hope to do good things for the future.”
Even in the game, we saw you at ease …
“Yes, I played in a position where I express myself well in midfield, and even if you find that I have fulfilled my mission, I have to tell you that I could be more effective if we had played on a better pitch.”
It’s so debilitating to occur on a site like Rouiba?
“Yes, as I said before, we have a good team that plays well, but the state ground to the USMA has been disabled and it is for us to adapt to different circumstances, to ensure always to play better games.”
You played against the best staff in Algeria, you know?
“You can see the USMA was not easy to play, it has caused us enormous problems, but I think we did the things he needed despite the state of the pitch.”
The course officially ended yesterday, when are we going to see you again with this team?
“I know there is next month’s tournament in Morocco, and later there is a tournament in Egypt for the Olympic Games in London qualification for 2012, but I do not know when I will be able to come.”
It is against your club, is it not?
” Yes, exactly. You know already this week I struggled to join the Greens, I was right in the course of 10 days with Newcastle, and it was not possible to come, until then FIFA, so you see a little difficulty.”
And how can you expect to come for the next stages, knowing that it does not coincide with the FIFA dates?
“I do not know. What is certain however is that I will personally talk to my coach to Newcastle.”
Mehdi is very keen to play in the Olympic Games in England next year, and he will probably be able to do that.
Mehdi has settled done well at Newcastle and we expect to see him force his way into the full Algeria side sooner rather that later.
The 19 year-old is just a smashing lad to have at the Newcastle club, and he’s potentially a great player in the making.
Comments welcome, and my thanks to reader Walid Belaribi for alerting me to this story.