Nigeria: Super Eagles Ready to Feast On Desert Foxes
Three time-African Champions, the Super Eagles are brimming with confidence ahead of their friendly clash with reigning African champions, Algeria on Friday.
According to the NFF, the atmosphere around Hotel die Zeit an der Glan camp of the Super Eagles is lively following the arrival of all invited players.
There is also a stout confidence that the mixture of old boys and new acts are capable of turning back Algeria and the continent’s second-ranked team Tunisia in two friendlies between Friday and Tuesday.
The defence of the Gernot Rohr tutored side is boosted by the clearance of former Germany U20 captain, Kelvin Akpoguma to switch to Nigeria.
His clearance solidifies a dependable backline of Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, William Ekong, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and first-time invitee Zaidu Sanusi.
Super Eagles opponents apart from the reigning African champions have not lost on the pitch since they were bumped by the odd goal in an AFCON 2019 qualifier away in Benin Republic in October 2018.
Two years earlier, they were bounced 3-1 by the Super Eagles in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Uyo.
Both teams ended the return leg in Constantine 1-1, though the Eagles had already picked the only World Cup ticket from the group ahead of that final encounter.
Therefore, it promises to be a tough one for the Super Eagles on Friday but Coach Gernot Rohr also has in his team Captain Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, William Troost-Ekong,Samuel Chukwueze and Kenneth Omeruo to inspire his team.
Unfortunately, he will have to do without electrifying forward Victor Osimhen and midfield lynchpin Wilfred Ndidi.
However, new birds Frank Onyeka and Chidera Ejuke, and former U17 captain Samson Tijani have the opportunity to impress.