Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Algeria will renew their rivalry at the African Nations Cup this weekend in the semi-final of the competition.
Algeria, who defeated Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 result through regulation and extra-time, are hoping to win only their second AFCON title and Djamel Belmadi’s men are pole position favorites.
But, after initial underwhelming performances, the Super Eagles have also found their rhythm in the competition following wins over Cameroon and South Africa, the latter are defending champions.
There have been 8 previous meetings between the two teams in the history of competition and Nigeria have won more games (4 wins, 1 draw, 3 loses).
In recent meetings; as recent as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Nigeria defeated Algeria, at the time Africa’s highest ranked team in the world.
A comfortable 3-1 victory in Uyo was followed by a 1-1 result in Algiers, however, the latter was awarded to Algeria after it emerged Nigeria fielded a suspended player.
This semi-final match-up will see the continued use of VAR, in spite of the controversies surrounding decisions in the short while since its introduction in the competition.
Cairo International stadium will once again play host to the Super Eagles and this time it’ll be for a spot in the final of the 32nd edition of the competition.