Eagles must not lose to Algeria, fans warn Rohr

As the Super Eagles prepare for the last
group game against Algeria in their
Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying series ,
some Nigerian soccer fans have told
Coach Gernot Rohr to parade a team that
is capable of beating their hosts on

The last time Super Eagles lost to Algeria
was 27 years ago in the final of Algiers
‘90 Africa Cup of Nations . It ended 1- 0 in
favour of Algeria .
This Friday , the Algerians will take on
the Super Eagles on home soil in a World
Cup qualifier the Nigerians have already
booked the group ticket. The result in
Friday’ s match will be a mere formality ,
but the head coach of Divine Star FC and
Oasis FC of Lagos , Uche Igwe wants the
Eagles to go all out and record a win to
maintain their unbeaten record in the
qualifiers to Russia.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday at
the National Stadium, Lagos , Igwe said
he would feel bad if the Super Eagles lost
the game against Algeria on Friday. “ As a
true Nigerian football lover , I won ’t be
happy if the Super Eagles lose the match
to Algeria , ” he said. “ If I am in position
of coach Gernot Rohr, I will use the
match against Algeria to test the ability
of some upcoming players like Ola Aina ,
Olarewaju Kayode and many more
players . A time will come when the likes
of Mikel Obi , Odion Ighalo and Victor
Moses will retire from the Super Eagles.

This is the time to blend the upcoming
talented players with the older ones ,” he
Igwe advised Rohr to concentrate on
building the team for the challenges
ahead, adding that he should “ build a
team capable of taking Nigeria to the
semifinal at the World Cup in Russia. We
need players who are determined to
achieve our goals .”

Also speaking with The Guardian
yesterday, the coach of Peace United
Football Academy , Peace Odoh said
“ Nigeria has a good team that is capable
of beating Algeria on Friday. I am proud
of their performance in the previous
matches, but I want them to be stronger
and more accurate with their shots
against Algeria .”
The Guardian recalls that the Super
Eagles defeated Algeria in Uyo in the first
leg of their Russia 2018 qualifier .
Prior to the Algiers ‘ 90 AFCON final,
Nigeria had lost all four of their previous
away games against Algeria , and since
then, Nigeria have secured one win and
one draw in their last two visits .

The win was the 5 – 2 thrashing of Algeria
during the qualifiers for the 2006 FIFA
World Cup in Oran, while the draw was
the 1 – 1 scoreline in 1993 that secured
Nigeria ’s first qualification for the World
Cup at USA ‘94. 

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