-(Pictures) Super Eagles Arrive Algeria, Set for Desert Foxes-
Nigeria’s Super Eagles arrived Constantine, Algeria yesterday, for today’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Desert Foxes of Algeria.
The official Twitter handle of the team (@NGSuperEagles) reports that: “We have arrived safely in Constantine, Algeria. The reception of the Algerian people was very warm and cordial #SoarSuperEagles”.
Nigeria has already qualified for the 2018 World Cup, making today’s match inconsequential, as far as qualification for that competition is concerned.
Apart from playing for national pride, Nigeria would use today’s game to set the tone for warm up matches for Russia 2018 World Cup. Each player in Nigeria’s squad would be eager to impress, in order to remain in the good books of Coach Gernot Rohr.
On the other hand, the Desert Foxes of Algeria would be eager to regain the support of their fans with a win over the Super Eagles, having lost four games in the qualifiers including a 3-1 loss to Nigeria in Uyo, on November 12, 2016. Today’s match offers the Foxes an opportunity to outwit the Eagles and cancel the shame of that loss.
Algeria sits at the bottom of Group B’s Table of the qualification games in Africa, with 1 (one) point from 5 (five) games. The team’s only draw was 1-1, in a match against Cameroon. Nigeria leads Group B with 13 points, earned from four wins and one draw. The Super Eagles would be eager to improve on this enviable record.
@NGSuperEagles displayed the following pictures of Nigeria’s squad as the team arrived Algeria, yesterday.
Earlier, @NGSuperEagles showed the following pictures of the team’s training session in Rabat, Morocco.
Meanwhile, Coach Gernot Rohr of Nigeria told @NGSuperEagles that the match against Algeria and the upcoming friendly encounter against Argentina would serve as good preparatory duels for Russia 2018.
Coach Rohr said: “We only had 3 (three) days to prepare because the game is already a Friday. But we have opportunity in the second game to see everybody. So second game is a fantastic game also because Argentina is one of the best teams in the world with perhaps the best player in the world. So we can see what we are able to do against a big South American team…. It will also be an opportunity in the second game to see Russia, to see the atmosphere there and to see perhaps our base camp. So it is already a big preparation for the world cup in Russia.”
The friendly match between Nigeria and Argentina is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
@NGSuperEagles displayed the following pictures of some members of Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
Today’s match against Algeria would kick off at 8.30pm local time. Nigeria may not field her strongest team in this match, as Coach Rohr may opt to give a chance to some unused players in the squad as he rests his regular team for the tier 1 International friendly against Argentina. If this happens, the team’s captain, Mikel Obi, may be in the substitute’s bench while another player wears the captain’s armband.
The team’s vice captain, Ogenyi Onazi, is reportedly ruled out of today’s encounter due to injury. Elderson Echiejile and Mikel Agu are also reportedly ruled out of the game, due to injuries.
- Cornelius Ellah