Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Algeria vs Nigeria - tactical preview

First goal for Nigeria excites Chukwueze

The north Africans' sole triumph at the Africa Cup of Nations came when they hosted the tournament in 1990 and defeated Nigeria 1-0 in the final.

Several other wealthy Nigerians have showered the Eagles with huge cash donations after they reached the last four of the tournament.

"We know it is nearly like a final, Algeria one of the best teams in Africa with quality players but also we have confidence and after the game against South Africa we have more passion and we're looking forward to the game", Iwobi told Goal. "We just have to try and win it. Algeria is one of the great teams in Africa", he said.

"If we manage to achieve success here, we will go down in history".

The Super Eagles finished top of a section including 2017 African champions Cameroon and Algeria on the road to Russian Federation past year, defeating the Desert Foxes 3-1 at home before a 1-1 draw in the return fixture.

Nigeria's defence and midfield tackling and interception statistics. via [whoscored.com] Nigeria have shown incredible fighting spirit so far at this tournament such that they haven't played at their best but keep winning.

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The defeat meant they could not finish first and had to face defending champions Cameroon in the round of 16.

Nigeria and Algeria were in the same qualification group for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Oil baron, Otedola has recently been involved in a number of commendable interventions for ailing former Nigerian worldwide players, including 1980 AFCON winning team's captain, Christian Chukwuemeka Chukwu and goalkeeper Peter Fregene.

"We know it's not going to be easy, they've got quality players but so do we".

However the outcome, both teams can be proud of their AFCON run and the victor would take that momentum into the final.

A government statement said the decision was taken - with the approval of Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui - so that "600 Algerian supporters could cheer and encourage the national team and motivate them to win this important continent trophy", as quoted by AFP.

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