Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

AFCON: Nigeria will ignore favourites tag - Iwobi

AFCON: Nigeria will ignore favourites tag - Iwobi

We wanted to allow others in the team to play as well.

Nigeria's defender William Ekong (C) celebrates his goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) quarter final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at Cairo worldwide stadium on July 9, 2019.

The German born tactician has however stated that they could lose the Madagascar game because they already secured their qualification to the knockout stage already.

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. In football most times, you have to earn the right to win.

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.

Three-time African champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will tomorrow trade tackles with the Desert Foxes of Algeria at the Cairo International stadium in one of the semi-final matches at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.


Nigeria and Algeria will clash for the 21st time at senior men's level on Sunday night in an AFCON 2019 semi-final encounter that promises lots of fireworks. The Eagles' inability to keep a clean sheet in their last three games should worry the Coach Gernot Rohr side. They went on to lift the trophy with a 1-0 defeat of Group C foes, Burkina Faso.

Nigeria's Super Eagles now have even more incentive to pick up the scoring as they advance in AFCON 2019.

The Super Eagles recorded a 2-1 win against tournament favorites, Cote d'Ivoire in their quarter-final match before thumping Mali (also huge contenders) 4-1 in the semi-finals.

"We have a good team but the players need to play with more determination".

"It is not possible to stroll to any continental title".

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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