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Madjer: Super Eagles Were Tough But Algeria Could Have Won

Madjer: Super Eagles Were Tough But Algeria Could Have Won

By Adeboye Amosu: Algeria coach Rabah Madjer admitted the Super Eagles made life difficult for his side despite the three-time African champions already assured of a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia before their clash in Constantine on Friday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Desert Foxes rallied back from a goal down to earn a draw in the inconsequential clash.


John Ogu had put the Super Eagles ahead with a long-range shot on 62 minutes but the hosts equalised from a controversial penalty converted by Yacine Brahimi late on.

Madjer, a former Algeria national team star, also expressed satisfaction with the performance of his team.

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“Frankly, we could not ask for more from this team. We faced a very tough team from Nigeria, who did not let it go despite their World Cup qualification earned before the match,” Madjer told Lebutuer.com after the game.

“We tried to develop our game despite the difficulties. That said, I think that from who what I saw tonight (Friday) the future of this selection looks very bright.

“There are many positive things to remember though, I repeat not everything has been perfect.

“I think the draw is satisfying even if we could have won if we had converted the opportunities we got, especially in the second half.”

While Nigeria, who qualified with a game to spare, sit atop of the group with 14 points, Algeria finished bottom of the group failing to record a win from six games.

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  • I know d man will not still keep kwayet

  • But Rabah madjer said Nigeria is team of reserve, bench warmer.thanks to the referee for the penalty, madjer would have witness defeat on home soil.

  • Udovick 4 years ago

    U said dat Nigeria is a team of benchwarmers. I thought ur team consisting of regular players as u claimed wud wallop or whitewash d eagles. We only presented a weaker eagles n ur team had 2 depend on a controversial penalty at dying minutes 2 get a draw at home. Oga coach, football no b by mouth.

    • do you have link to the article where Raber Madjer made such statement?

  • Charles shilaka 4 years ago

    Rebuild your team & work on their psyche. They can earn you 3-4 red cards per game with their stupid behaviors on the pitch.
    Professionally inept.

  • Offiongjamesusoro 4 years ago

    Even with your regular playing players, you still need a referee gifted penalty to save your face from Nigeria’s bench warmers.

    • God uses the weak things of this world to silence the strong. Bench warmers almost beating a regular first team players. Wayo penalty to save the seemingly strong

  • Fidelenny 4 years ago

    What a remarkable performance and a memorable goal by John Ogu. I guess this was one of John Ogu’s simplest goals because he’s famed for scoring such long range strike, the last time we witnessed such a stunner was in a friendly tie by the same Ogu, so this is not John Ogu first strike for Eagles goal against Mexico 31st May 2013 in a strike similar to the Algeria wonder strike. His goal reminds Nigeria of Oliseh and JJ Okocha long range strikes.

    Given Ogu quality and his goal scoring ability, one still wonders why such a player was left out of Eagles squad at the last world cup. Ogu has sacrificed so much for Nigeria in the past.
    I remembered back in 2013 and 2014 when he’d to defy club manager’s instructions to honour Nat team invitation and despite a telling performance in the Confederation cup, a dress rehearsal for the world cup Coach Stephen Keshi of blessed memory did not find him worthy to make the world cup party, he was sacrificed for ineffectual Ramon Azeez, Reuben Gabriel, whose inclusions were secured to balance the ethnic make up of the team, rather unfortunate but hope it does not happen under the watch of Rohr. In defiance of the club order Ogu lost his place in Academica fc in Portugal and consequently left the team to revive his career in the Isreali league where he’s won Isreali best player of season and many other laurels.
    Ogu was calm and has waited till this date to fulfil his dream of playing for fatherland, indeed you’re a model of humility
    Besides, John Ogu international game is long overdue.

  • What a long-range curving marvel of a goal! Keep it up.

  • PapaFem 4 years ago

    Ogu is good but can’t displace Onazi for now. I’ve always known him to be a fantastic left footer. He shoots very well with that leg and often accurately. He’s quite better than Onazi in that regard. But he’s too slow and clumsy for my liking. Turning defence into attack is far easier with Onazi than with Ogu. He could be annoyingly simple at times and playing him alongside Mikel, who’s somehow slow too, will frustrate any counter-attacking threat the SE is capable of posing to their opponents. Let him work on this, and he could be better placed to displace Onazi in Eagles midfield