Nigeria’s Rohr wary of much improved Algeria

Breaking Algeria qualify for AFCON 2019 semi-finals

Breaking Algeria qualify for AFCON 2019 semi-finals

"They've been more impressive than us on the whole so far".

"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.

Nigeria is to play Algeria who defeated the Elephants 4-3 in penalty shoot out after regulation time ended one-all.

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. "It is good to have a couple of players that score goals in a team, sometimes if you rely on one person, you can get done".

Nigeria lost the 1990 Nations Cup final to hosts Algeria, but they have edged past the North Africans 1-0 in their last two meetings at the tournament in 2002 and 2010.

This much was proved in the game against Cote d'Ivoire when Slimani, coming in for Bounedjah, nearly got the victor at extra time but for a fine save by the Elephants' goalkeeper. The Eagles' inability to keep a clean sheet in their last three games should worry the Coach Gernot Rohr side.

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Rohr's men have however gone ahead to beat defending champions Cameroon (3-2) at the round of 16 stage. This said Algeria know better than judge Nigeria by mere statistics. And so far in Egypt, one aspect of the Eagles' set up worthy of mention is the inability of their opponents to read their game.

"One can not predict what department the Eagles will focus their play on and this often creates confusion for their opponents".

The 66-year-old also revealed the team had to focus majorly on recovery session after the game against South Africa. The Super Eagles' attack was key to that victory.

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.

Last night was devoted for watching the quarter final match between Algeria and Côte d' Ivoire.

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