By Kunle Adedoyin
The Nigerian Super Eagles are expected to take on the Desert Foxes of Algeria for ticket of the final of 2019 African Cup of Nations in a match analysts see as a game of technical prowess.
The Algerian team, which is seen as a high technical side and coached by Alain Giresse, will be doing battle with the Nigerian side, which is regarded to have grown in confidence and technical discipline in its last two games against Cameroon and South Africa.
Nigeria and Algeria won their respective first Africa Cup of Nations title at the expense of the other both at home soils. Nigeria won first in Lagos in 1980, beating Algeria 3-0 while Algeria repeated same feat in Algiers, defeating Nigeria 1-0. The only time, the nation had won the AFCON title. However, Nigeria had gone ahead to win the title two more times in 1994 and 2013.
Both teams had met 18 other times since their first encounter on January 10, 1973, when they played a 2-2 draw. Nigeria had won 10 of these matches, Algeria- 5, while 4 draws were played.
Today’s semi-final clash at the Cairo International Stadium offers another epic encounter as both side seek a place to play either Senegal or Tunisia in the 2019 AFCON final on Friday.