For USM Alger, head coach Abdelhak Benchikha has concerns regarding the status of a couple of important players. Goalkeeper Oussama Benbout arrived late in Saudi Arabia after spending time with the Algeria national team but his status is questionable. Midfielder Oussama Chita is another key player along with defender Adem Alilet who are questionable for the match. Despite the circumstances, Benchikha’s team has a strong defense to rely on that is capable of making things difficult for the more talented and experienced Ahly team.
Leading the strong USMA defense is captain Zineddine Belaïd who is entering his fourth season with the club. Right back Saâdi Radouani is another player who impressed in the Confederation Cup last season and if goalkeeper Benbout is unable to play, new signing Kamel Soufi is the likely candidate to play after arriving from MC Oran.
Brahim Benzaza is an expert on corner kicks and deliveries from set pieces and Khaled Bousseliou is a wide player who was important in the Confederation Cup. In the attack, Botswana national team forward Tumisang Orebonye provides a physical presence but more goals will be expected from him this season after the departure of Algeria national team forward Aymen Mahious for Swiss football. Another option to score goals is Ismail Belkacemi whose production has declined since scoring seventeen goals during the 2020-21 Algeria Ligue 1 season.