Algeria head coach, Djamel Belmadi, has explained how his side prevented Super Eagles duo, Ahmed Musa and Samuel Chukwueze from having a major influence in Sunday’s AFCON 2019 semifinal match at the Cairo International Stadium, reports Completesports.com.
The Desert Foxes handed the Super Eagles a 2-1 defeat in the last four encounter.
William Troost-Ekong’s own goal and Riyad Mahrez’s sublime free-kick goal was enough for the Algerians to seal a place in the final where they will face the Teranga Lions of Senegal, while Odion Ighalo scored Nigeria’s only goal of the game from spot-kick.
Belmadi believes the way his side set up ensured their victory against the Super Eagles in the game.
“We had to make a plan for Nigeria. We knew that they like to use the pace of Musa and Chukwueze. They like to be direct in their approach,” Belmadi told reporters after the game.
“We tried to close those spaces. Musa’s pace is so impressive. He was the most dangerous player in this team.
“I also knew that their defenders are very good, but not very fast. If you run at them, they struggle.
“We knew that it would be a tough game because of the tough match against Cote d’Ivoire three days ago and because of the quality of the opponent.”
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By Adeboye Amosu (photos: by Ganiyu Yusuf) in Cairo