The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Desert Foxes of Algeria will clash today in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final encounter at the Cairo international stadium in Egypt.
Three-time champions Nigeria are looking for their fourth title since winning their first on home soil at the expense of Algeria in 1980, while the Algerians are looking for their second crown since winning on home soil at the expense of Nigeria in 1990.
The Super Eagles dashed the hopes of Algerian players in 2017 after stopping them from qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, as they bashed the Foxes 3-1 in Uyo and tied the second leg in Constantine 1-1 before FIFA awarded the match to Algeria following the ineligible defender Abdullahi Shehu fielded by the Eagles.
Nigeria have been dogged in their approach, keeping their feet on the ground, cautious but able to smell opportunities to strike and able to swing games in their favour even towards the end. This strategy worked for Guinea, Cup holders Cameroon, South Africa, and Burundi.
Coach Gernot Rohr says defeat by Madagascar has rudely awakened his boys to the approach they must adopt to win each game, by not under-rating any team.
On the other hand, Algeria Coach Djamel Belmadi, stated it firmly on Saturday that his team are aiming for the trophy by paying the Super Eagles back after stopping them from reaching the 2018 World Cup.