Algeria vs Nigeria, Sunday’s match for the Africa Cup of Nations, semi-finals stage, at Cairo International Stadium, Cairo Governorate, Egypt.
The Algerian national team have made an impressive run so far in the African Cup with five successive victories, despite their last game was won on penalties. The Algerians are contenders for the trophy, and on Sunday the men of Djamel Belmadi want to reach the final with a victory against Nigeria.
This national team has a better record in attack and defence then it’s opponent, scored ten goals and suffered only once. Algeria in their last game caught a big scare against Côte d’Ivoire in the quarter-finals, which happened for the first time in this competition.
In this semi-final, the men of Djamel Belmadi want to keep the same performance and remain in the competition and reach the so desired final. For this game, the coach shall maintain the same tactical system.
Nigeria reached this stage after beating South Africa 2-1 in the quarter-finals, the winning goal was scored in the 90th minute. The team has been inconsistent since the first round after small wins against Burundi (1-0) and Guiné (1-0) and lost 2-0 to Madagascar.
The Super Eagles won AFCON in 2013, and despite having so far been a weak team, they have shown that they are of sufficient quality to be able to dream of winning this trophy. They have four wins and one defeat in five games played. It should be noted that Nigeria never lost to Algeria with five wins and a draw in six previous games.
Coach Gernot Rohr is expected to maintain almost the entire team that defeated South Africa despite Ola Aina being able to return after missing out on the previous encounter. Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze are in good shape and should participate in this Sunday game.
Indeed, Nigeria has never lost against Algeria, but at the moment, the Algerians have shown much more consistency throughout this competition. My choice for this game is in the victory of the Algerians.