Algeria charter planes to carry fans for African Cup semi-final

Samuel Chukwueze

Previous encounters between the Eagles and the Desert Foxes have always provided tremendous sparks, and the nature and balance of the rivalry is reflected in the record which shows that Nigeria has won eight of the previous encounters while Algeria had won seven, with five drawn.

"We could lose it because we had already qualified for the next round".

"We have to play together, stick together and keep fighting".

"Since 2006, Senegal has not reached the semi-finals of the AFCON, which proves that we are working to become the best".

"If we manage to achieve success here, we will go down in history", Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi told the BBC.

Nigeria are two wins away from winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the fourth time and equalling their great rivals Ghana.

In that game, Nigeria was allegedly denied two well-taken goals but the 1-1 scoreline at the end of that match was enough to seal the Eagles' qualification for Afcon 2019 even with a game to spare. Nigeria saw off South Africa 2-1 in Cairo.

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

"The win is important. We were in the same position against Madagascar, we had two days extra but we lost the match", he said. We beat them 3-1 (in Uyo) and they made lots of individual errors and defensives mistakes that made it easier for us to win.

The continent's richest man Aliko Dangote has promised to pay the Super Eagles $50 000 (R700 000) for each goal they score against the Algerians.

Following their Round of 16 defeat of Cup holders Cameroon, in Alexandria, last Saturday, businessman, Captain Hosea Wells Okunbo, pledged $20,000 for every player, while Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, came good with $5,000 for every player. They won thanks to a late goal by William Troost-Ekong to get $15,000.

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