Nigeria vs Algeria – Super Eagles striker Alex Iwobi has made it clear that his teammates are ready for the big clash against Algeria in the semifinal of the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
Nigeria beat bitter rivals South Africa 2-1 in their quarterfinal game, while Algeria defeated Ivory Coast on penalties to reach the last four.
While speaking with BBC Sport, Alex Iwobi admitted that Algeria are a great side, but added that they would be defeated by the Super Eagles.
“We are not worried about the way they’ve played and their unbeaten run. We just have to try and win it.
Algeria is one of the great teams in Africa. “We know it’s not going to be easy, they’ve got quality players but so do we. It’s going to be a great game to watch, let’s hope Nigeria can do it.
“If we manage to achieve success here, we will go down in history. I know it’s always been our childhood dream to win as many competitions as we can,” Iwobi explained.
Nigeria face Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals, hoping to draw level with Egypt and Ghana with the joint-highest appearances in the final of the competition.
Algeria conceded their first goal of the tournament in the quarter-finals against Ivory Coast, proving to be a resilient outfit throughout the AFCON.
Nigeria, meanwhile, have sailed relatively smoothly to this stage, with a shock loss to minnows Madagascar in the group stage the only blip on their record.
Algeria right back Youcef Atal picked up a shoulder injury in their the quarter-final clash with Ivory Coast and is a doubt for the game. Mehdi Zeffane is expected to take his place.
Algeria M’bolhi; Zeffane, Mandi, Benlamri, Bensebaini; Mahrez, Guedioura, Bennacer, Feghouli; Belaili, Bounedjah.
Nigeria Akpeyi; Awaziem, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Collins; Chukwueze, Etebo, Ndidi, Iwobi; Musa, Ighalo.
Head to Head Record (Nigeria vs Algeria)
In all competitions, Algeria have beaten the Super Eagles seven times, losing nine and drawing three – making the clashes between the two sides extremely competitive.
Algeria have been dominant throughout this year’s AFCON, scoring nine and conceding zero in their opening four games.
Ivory Coast provided a sterner challenge in the quarter finals, although The Fennecs managed to find a way to go through, winning on penalties to show their resilience and mental toughness.