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Omeruo: Eagles Are Ready For Any Algeria’s Dirty Antics

Omeruo: Eagles Are Ready For Any Algeria’s Dirty Antics

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo has declared that the Super Eagles are ready for any dirty antics Algeria may adopt against them in Sunday’s semifinal match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Completesports.com reports.

The three-time African champions will be up against onetime winners, the Desert Foxes at the Cairo International Stadium. kick-off is 8pm Nigerian time.

Algeria left-back Ramy Bensebaini was the centre of attention in the Foxes’ quarterfinal win against Ivory Coast for what many termed as an unprofessional conduct.

Bensebaini appeared to grab Ivorian attacker Wilfried Zaha’s arm and hit himself in the face with it – an attempt to get the dangerous Crystal Palace star sent off in the game.

There has been widespread condemnation of the Stade Rennes of France full-back for that action and Omeruo insists that the Super Eagles will not fall to the antics of the Algerians on Sunday.

“We just have to be smart and be very careful. The coach always tell us to avoid fouls around the box. We have already conceded two goals in the competition from fouls around the box and we want to avoid that,” Omeruo told a news conference on Saturday at the Cairo International Stadium.

Nigeria’s Kenneth Omeruo (22) and Oghenekaro Etebo against South Africa’s Lebo Mothiba

“The Algerians are fast and skilful which means we have to be careful against them.

”We have not seen the incident from their game against Ivory Coast, but it is good that there is VAR now and we also trust the referee to do a good job.

“We know the North Africans and their antics, but we will handle everything well. South Africa tried to do the same thing against us, they didn’t succeed.”

Algeria have won all their matches so far at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations, conceding only one, and many have tipped them to conquer the continent for the second time.

Omeruo, though is looking forward to a difficult game against the North Africans, is confident the Super Eagles will be up to the task.

“Algeria are a tough side, so are we too. We have fully recovered, and we are ready for the game. Like the coach said, we have recovered well and looking forward to the game. ”

By Adeboye Amosu (photos: by Ganiyu Yusuf) In Cairo

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  • Abah-fada 2 years ago

    I wonder why up till now you guys have not watch any of the Algeria game played so far, and even the most recent controversial one against Ivory coast to study them.

    Well, I believe in Rohr’s approach. And thank God the players themselves knows that, the Algerians are very fast and trickish and could hurt us real bad if we relax.

    The Super Eagles should not commit unnecessary fowl around our 18yard box, just as the coach have warned.

    Go Super Eagles.

    • AR Franklin 2 years ago

      didn’t u read in d article Dat dey watched Algerians match against Ivory Coast?

  • Study germany vs Algeria game.in 1982 world cup.compare it with d present game they are playing. No different.

  • The only dirt we gonna put there is the Goals thru your goalkeeper

  • mmasi 2 years ago

    They start this dirty and annoying antics especially when they have a lead to defend. But if they are chasing the game they won’t be falling easily like people without stamina.

  • De Oppreso Liber 2 years ago

    The blind leading the blind…. This is only a game you are not going to become rich after all. Good luck for both teams.