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Gernot Rohr: Super Eagles AFCON defeat to Madagascar a blessing in disguise

13 July, 2019, 18:59 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Samuel Chukwueze

President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick confirmed the kind gesture from the business moguls at the team's base in Cairo on Thursday.

The Eagles beat stubborn South Africa 2-1 in Wednesday's quarterfinal match which saw Bafana Bafana threaten to push the game into extra time before William Troost-Ekong saved Nigeria with a late victor.

When asked why the youngsters have not been given game time at the tournament, Rohr told BBC journalist Shina Okeleji: "We've made changes in every game". Their first was on March 11, 1976 against host Morocco.

"We're the first to beat Madagascar". Unlike Les Fennecs, AFCON is one tournament the Super Eagles know how to play.

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa has been appointed to officiate the second semi-final game between Senegal and Tunisia.

Alex Iwobi has insisted that the current crop of Nigeria stars can make their nation proud as they gear up for their Africa Cup of Nations semifinal showdown with Algeria on Sunday.

Nigeria's route to the semi-finals of the 2019 AFCON was definitely not as smooth as Algeria's.

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Their next AFCON tie on March 11, 1984 in Cote d'Ivoire, which was a group B match ended in 0-0 draw but the Super Eagles went all the way to finish as runners up behind the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

However Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is confident his men will be ready for action against the Desert Foxes.

So far, the 2019 AFCON has been nothing short of sublime. The News Agency of Nigeria previews the hard tie between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and North African giants Algeria.

"We still have things to improve, for example if we have chances to score a second goal we need to be more clinical".

NFF's Official Optimum Partner, AITEO, also weighed in with $75,000, being $25,000 for each of the three goals scored by the team against the Indomitable Lions. In football most times, you have to earn the right to win. We have already mentioned how solid a defense they possess.

"The match against Algeria is going to be a very tough one for the Super Eagles but if they will sustain the tempo, I believe they will come out victorious". We have a lot of strikers (7), we cannot play all the strikers.

"It is not possible to stroll to any continental title".

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