Nigeria’s Rohr wary of much improved Algeria

Carrie Guzman
July 13, 2019

We are in seclusion away from the prying eyes of journalists and others watching all we are doing at training now, " observed a top official of the team last night.

Therefore, going by the available AFCON record, the Super Eagles with four victories and a draw in eight encounters have a slight edge over Algeria but going by their performance in the 2019 AFCON, the Desert Foxes also stand a good chance of progressing to the finals.

Algeria was later awarded a 3-0 walkover for the second game in Constantine after Nigeria fielded an ineligible player, and Rohr has been impressed by their improvement since Djamel Belmadi took over last August. We've all got quality players.

Algeria beat Guinea 3-0 in the last 16 before edging past Ivory Coast in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals.

He regained his place from the impressive Ola Aina and did well to keep Bafana Bafana danger man Percy Tau quiet for the entire game.

"Even though we were able to win two games in the group stage, it wasn't the greatest performance but sometimes you know you don't have to play well to win games".

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"It's going to be a tough game".

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Musa has played in all of Nigeria's games in the continental showpiece with just an assist to his credit so far.

The Super Eagles then reached the finals again in 1984, 1988, 1990, 1994, 2000 and 2013 coming out winners in 1994 in Tunisia and 2013 in South Africa.

"We have a good team but the players need to play with more determination. I know it's always been our childhood dream to win as many competitions as we can".

"This is the biggest competition in Africa". Having qualified for the tournament by topping their qualification group which included the Republic of Benin, Gambia, and Togo, the North African side seem poised to go one better than their AFCON 2010 outing where they finished fourth.

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