2019 AFCON: Nigeria's advantage over Algeria revealed


Tunde Popoola, the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, has noted that Nigeria had a slight advantage over Algeria which should count on Sunday.

Nigeria face Algeria in the semi-final of the African Cup of Nations in Egypt on Sunday.

"Algeria head into their first AFCON semi-final since 2010 and their seventh in total, while this is Nigeria's second AFCON semi-final since 2013 where we went ahead to win the title in South Africa," Popoola told NAN.

"The Eagles have also reached the semifinals stage a record 15 times and going ahead to win the cup thrice in the process.

"Now, this is where experience really counts. You are into the part of the tournament where how to control, manage the match, take your chances and so on come into play.

"These are all factors that will contribute to the semifinal which we are going to look forward to on Sunday.

"Its all about determination. Both teams have all been there before and that experience of winning caps and cups for your national team will play an important role in any team winning and progressing to the final.

"Having said that, I am confident with the present crop of players we have in the Eagles squad, a good blend of both experience and youth, we have a slight edge over the Desert Foxes and can beat them to the final ticket,'' he said.


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