"We know it's not going to be easy, they've got quality players but so do we". However, as we have previously seen in this year's tournament, no match is won in advance.
The German tactician told journalists that Nigeria's third place in the African rankings can only be maintained by progressing into the last four of AFCON 2019.
The Eagles beat stubborn South Africa 2-1 in Wednesday's quarterfinal match which saw Bafana Bafana threaten to push the game into extra time before William Troost-Ekong saved Nigeria with a late victor. "Even the defeat helped us to be more humble and sometimes it is good also".
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.
When they first reach the finals in 1980, the then Green Eagles defeated Algeria 3-0 before a capacity crowd at the National stadium Surulere Lagos for their first AFCON title.Читайте также: Liverpool fans pay for fly-by over Man United's Perth training session
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 Super Eagles have been one of the most consistent teams in the history of AFCON.
Champions in 2013 before incredibly failing to qualify in 2015 and 2017, there is a feeling in the country that the Super Eagles could achieve a fourth success on the continental showpiece event. What I have realized is that they approach a game depending on their opponent.
Further words of encouragement came from President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) following Wednesday night's victory, with the president urging "the team and their handlers to be focused, disciplined and scale the remaining two hurdles to glory".
"On the other hand, if you look at the quarter-final game against Bafana Bafana, you'll observe that we didn't give them room to operate in the midfield", he said.
President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick confirmed the kind gesture from the business moguls at the team's base in Cairo on Thursday.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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