By James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international Nduka Ugbade has stated that the Super Eagles are condemned to secure all three points against Algeria in Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifier in UFO, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Eagles top Group B on three points while Algeria have one point following their 1-1 home draw with Cameroon on matchday one.
Commenting on the big clash billed for the God's will Akpabio International Stadium Uyo, Ugbade who was in action for the Eagles when they beat Algeria 4-1 in Lagos and drew 1-1 with them in the reverse fixture during the USA 1994 World Cup qualifiers, predicts a tough encounter for the Eagles.
"The Eagles should expect a very tight midfield play from the Algerians and that was exactly what we saw at the 2014 World Cup," Ugbade told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"And taking into consideration that they just changed their coach, what we should expect from the Algerian players is much more seriousness in order to try and get something in Nigeria.
"In this case, Nigeria is in a dire situation because with the possibility that Cameroon will beat Zambia, Nigeria must go for the three points," Ugbade said.
The former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles assistant coach warned that the Eagles must be ruthless in front of goal but at the same must be solid both in the defence and in the midfield.
"We must tighten up our defence and midfield and must be strong offensively because the Algerians will come all out to try and nick something which will surely work against them."
He added: "They should concentrate very well because the crowd will work for us which will spur our players on. We have never been as a nation that is weak in support.
"So automatically, I very much believe in this situation and considering what has happened to us in the past, not qualifying for two consecutive Nations Cups, this time it will be different because I see a bunch of players that are motivated."