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It’s a new emotion for me today. I always have a passing interest in the African Cup of Nations, but today, and in matter of fact in 3 hours from when I write this, Adlene Guedioura (as far as I know) will become the second ever Forest player to play in the African Cup of Nations.

Of course the previous Forest player to play in this was Junior Agogo in 2008 for Ghana, and he ended up playing a starring role, which ultimately led to a move to Egyptian club Zamalek. Let's hope he does have a starring role, but one that doesn't attract too much unwanted interest.

Algeria face off against their neighbours Tunisia in South Africa. And to be honest apart from Guedi I don’t know too much about either side, giving this the chance to be a real eye opener. In fact it may be worth even putting a couple of quid on Guedioura as an any time goal scorer, we all know he loves to have a pop.

In fact there is somewhat more of an Algerian connection, save for Adlene's brother on Forest’s books Nabil. We also once had Hamza Bencherif of course, who is over the river at Notts County.

So yeah, it’s a nice little change to be able to watch this competition with more than passing interest and with an actual club connection. Algeria probably don’t have the best odds, but for the next 3 games at least they will have my support.

And let’s hope Algeria get into the newspapers for all the right reasons after a troublesome week for the North African nation (yes Forest 24-7 even occasionally dips its toes into the murky world of global geo-politics)

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