Blackpool midfielder Hameur Bouazza is looking forward to representing Algeria in the 2010 African Cup of Nations. The 24-year-old has joined up with his international team-mates ahead of matches against Mali, Malawi and host nation Angola in Group A.

That means he will miss the Seasiders' FA Cup tie against Ipswich and league games against Cardiff and QPR.

He told the club's official website: "It's going to be a good experience and I'm looking forward to it. It will be a hard tournament because some big teams like the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon and Egypt are there, but it should be good. I believe we can do well.

"I'm a bit sad to leave the lads from Blackpool but this is just part of football. I'll still be looking for the results on the internet in Angola, so hopefully they will do well."