Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Nigeria's Rohr wary of much improved Algeria

Gernot Rohr- Nigeria Nigeria/Algeria: Super Eagles Change Training Ground As They Prepare for Algeria
Cary Erickson | 14 July, 2019, 06:55

Tunisia, meanwhile, drew all three of their group stage matches and then beat Ghana on penalties in the round of 16 after another draw, before beating Madagascar 3-0 in the quarter-finals. "They're still physical but they have come on since and it will be a much harder match than in World Cup qualifying".

Three -time champions Nigeria are looking for their fourth title since winning their first on home soil at the expense of Algeria in 1980, while the Algerians are looking for their second gong since their only title won on home soil at the expense of Nigeria in 1990.

Iwobi has featured in all five of Nigeria's matches in Egypt and has contributed with some crucial assists, including one for team-mate Samuel Chukwueze, who opened the scoring in their 2-1 quarter-final win against South Africa. We know they're a good side but we have a strong team too.

Rohr has so far fielded 20 of the 23 players he has taken to the tournament.

Super Eagles trio of Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo and defender Chidozie Awaziem have been declared fit to face Algeria in AFCON 2019 semifinal clash on Sunday, July 14.

It would take a huge effort to knockout this rampant Algeria side, thus Nigeria need to bring their A game. "We can reasonably hope to win based on our last two performances but we're wary because of our opponents", said Rohr.

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The continent's richest man Aliko Dangote has promised to pay the Super Eagles $50 000 (R700 000) for each goal they score against the Algerians.

Algeria's defence ministry told AFP news agency that six additional military planes would be deployed to shuttle supporters for the final if the team progresses.

"Interestingly, Nigeria and Algeria have met twice in the AFCON final with each country gaining a win".

"Going to Dakar with the trophy would be extraordinary", said Mane, who shared the Premier League Golden Boot award last season with fellow Africans Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Nigeria and Algeria were in the same qualification group for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.