Algeria have ambitiously thrown in everything possible in their quest to edge out Nigeria’s Super Eagles in tonight’s AFCON 2019 semifinal match at the Cairo International Stadium, Completesports.com reports.
The Algerian camp, especially the nation’s football ruling body, La Federation Algerienne de football (FAF) has been ruffled by the fact that the Super Eagles have enjoyed more support from Egyptian fans since the exit of the Pharaohs.
Completesports.com garthered from reports in the Algerian media that the relevant authorities cleverly worked in tandem in the last few days to mobilize support and got a large number of fans flown to Cairo in time to ensure that the Djamel Belmadi’s men do not lack enough love against Nigeria inside the Cairo International Stadium.
According to reports, 10 aircrafts carrying the Desert Foxes’ fans left three Algerian cities; Algiers, Oran and Constantine Saturday night and landed in Cairo in the early hours of Sunday.
Algeria are looking to win their second Africa Cup of Nations title in Egypt. They won it as hosts in 1990 when they pipped Nigeria 1-0 in the final after earlier thrashing the Clemens Westerhof’s team 5-1 in the group stage. Remarkably, Nigeria had denied them in 1980 when Christian Chukwu and company won 3-0 to lift Nigeria’s first ever AFCON title.
The Algerian contingent know that they have a very good team in Egypt which has scorched a red trail on their way to the semifinals, winning all their five games, scoring 10 goals and conceding only one in open play. Certainly the best record, going into the semifinals.
However, despite their outstanding run so far in the competition and the title favourites tag they get from most quarters, the Algerian camp truly feel threatened by the Super Eagles’ posture in the semifinals.
Head-to-head history against Nigeria seems disarming to the Algerians. It has been reviewed quite extensively in their local media.
An all-time head-to-head record shows that Nigeria’s Super Eagles are ahead of Algeria, having won nine of their past 19 encounters. Algeria won seven, while three ended in draw.
The last time Algeria and Nigeria faced each other in the AFCON finals was in Angola 2010 edition. The Super Eagles won their Third-Place match 1-0.
The very last time the Super Eagles and the Desert Foxes clashed, in all competitions, was in a 2018 World Cup qualifying fixure. The Eagles were forced to a 1-1 draw in Algeria, after winning the reverse fixture 3-1 at home.
Tonight’s AFCON 2019 semifinal between the two sides will kick off at 8pm.Nigerian time.
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