AFCON: Rohr wary of much improved Algeria

Samuel Chukwueze

Samuel Chukwueze

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.

The Eagles produced arguably their best performance in recent years to defeat Cameroon 3-2 in a thrilling contest to set up a quarter-final date with South Africa.

"We beat them 3-1 [in 2017] and there were loads of individual mistakes".

Abuja - Mutiu Adepoju, ex- Super Eagles player, has urged the national football squad to sustain the team spirit in camp as they move closer towards lifting the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.

Nigeria's footballers are in line for a minimum $75 000 (R1.05 million) windfall for every goal they score against Algeria in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final in Cairo.

"We know it is nearly like a final, Algeria one of the best teams in Africa with quality players but also we have confidence and after the game against South Africa we have more passion and we're looking forward to the game", Iwobi told Goal.

Super Eagles media officer Toyin Ibitoye however told reporters in Egypt that these three players are now good to go against Algeria.

But if history is any indication, the "Greens" are in for a tough challenge, having last beaten Nigeria in the final of the 1990 tournament that sealed Algeria's first and only continental trophy.

Dangote promised $50,000 per goal, while Otedola pledged the sum of $25,000 for each goal scored.

It will be recalled that when the Super Eagles defeated Cameroon in their Round of 16, they raked as much as N334million from top government officials, sponsors and the football federation.

The Foxes' performance of five victories in Egypt in the most convincing fashion is no doubt intimidating but a former Nigerian global, Barnabas Imenger is confident that if the Super Eagles will sustain the present momentum, they would reach their eighth AFCON finals. If you want to win a championship like the AFCON, you must have the fighting spirit of a victor.

Without doubt, Algeria's Riyad Mahrez and Nigeria's teen sensation, Samuel Chukwueze who possess exquisite skills are the players to watch in tomorrow's epic clash in Cairo.

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