Super Eagles, Desert Foxes tussle for 2019 AFCON finals ticket

Super Eagles, Desert Foxes tussle for 2019 AFCON finals ticket

We know they're a good side but we have a strong team too.

When asked why the youngsters have not been given game time at the tournament, Rohr told BBC journalist Shina Okeleji: "We've made changes in every game".

Nigeria will be hoping to reach their first AFCON final since 2013 when they take on Algeria on Sunday night. "We will play the best team on the pitch".

Nigeria lost the 1990 Nations Cup final to hosts Algeria, but they have edged past the North Africans 1-0 in their last two meetings at the tournament in 2002 and 2010.

The Super Eagles were then stunned 2-0 in their last group game by one of the competition's debutants at the Alexandria Stadium.

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Rohr's men have however gone ahead to beat defending champions Cameroon (3-2) at the round of 16 stage.

Against a stingy Algerian defense, Nigeria might find it hard to chase the game or launch a comeback if they trail their defensively cohesive North African opponents.

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. And so far in Egypt, one aspect of the Eagles' set up worthy of mention is the inability of their opponents to read their game.

"This team has quality and you can't really pick out one player". The Super Eagles' attack was key to that victory.

On a visit to the team's Le Meridien Cairo Airport hotel, yesterday, during which he urged the players to even redouble their efforts in order to cross the semifinal stage, on Sunday, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, put a call through to the two well-known philanthropists and tasked them to commit to supporting the team. They drew 1-1 against Zambia and Burkina Faso in their first two group matches before beating Ethiopia 2-0 in their final group game to progress into the quarter-finals.

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