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Benrahma calls for Hammers support

Said Benrahma has called on the West Ham fans to throw their support behind him as he plays for Algeria at the African Cup of Nations.

The winger has linked up with his nation for the tournament as Algeria seek to win a third trophy.

They have won the tournament in 1990 and in 2019 and will be out to once again lift it this time around.

Benrahma has emerged as a key man for the Hammers and he is also a key man for Algeria, who also boast Riyad Mahrez, of Manchester City, in their ranks.

The ex-Brentford man has won 15 caps for his country, scoring once, and Algeria face Sierra Leone today before also playing Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast in the group stages.

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He will, of course, be away from the Hammers for the next month at a maximum and he has urged the Irons faithful to get behind him and the team.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “I have always wanted to be part of international competitions, I play football for that, so I ask them to support me and support Algeria, even if I’m not here.

“I have to answer the call and I really want to do it for the nation and the national team. I’m really proud of that, it will be a first for me.

“I hope they will support me and give me strength, as there are a lot of West Ham fans. The support is really huge so I hope they’ll give me all the strength they would give me if I were in West Ham.”

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