AFCON 2019: CAF names officials for Nigeria, Algeria semi-final

First goal for Nigeria excites Chukwueze

First goal for Nigeria excites Chukwueze

However, as we have previously seen in this year's tournament, no match is won in advance.

Despite unconvincing performances in the group stage, Nigeria beat holders Cameroon in the second round and South Africa, who sensationally knocked out hosts Egypt, in the quarterfinals. The Eagles' inability to keep a clean sheet in their last three games should worry the Coach Gernot Rohr side.

Iwobi has featured in all five of Nigeria's matches in Egypt and has contributed with some crucial assists, including one for team-mate Samuel Chukwueze, who opened the scoring in their 2-1 quarter-final win against South Africa.

"The competition is very good from the technical aspect and we saw many surprises as the premature exit of big guns like Egypt and Morocco", he said. They defeated Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania to top group c with nine points.

The Super Eagles recorded a 2-1 win against tournament favorites, Cote d'Ivoire in their quarter-final match before thumping Mali (also huge contenders) 4-1 in the semi-finals.

Although the Super Eagles defence may not be impregnable, the midfield anchored on Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo is usually alive to its responsibilities.

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

Dangote promised $50,000 per goal, while Otedola pledged the sum of $25,000 for each goal scored. In football most times, you have to earn the right to win.

"We have a lot going forward, Alex Iwobi is adapting to the no. 10 position".

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

The stage is set for the blockbuster between the two giants of African football and Nigerian football fans won't be contented with anything less than victory over Algeria.

Eagles handlers believe the new location will give the team some level of concentration and avoid the distractions from mainly Nigerian residents in Cairo that troop to the arena to watch the team train.

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