The Super Eagles will be playing their 50th World Cup qualifying home match as they tackle the Fennecs of Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday.
The Algeria contingent are expected to fly to the Akwa Ibom State capital on a chartered plane, two days before the key qualifier. “The team will leave Algeria at 10am Nigerian time on Thursday and arrive in Nigeria in the evening,” the Algerian source said.
“They’re planning to take a direct flight to Uyo.” The match is billed for this weekend at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, with the Super Eagles seeking to extend their lead at the top of African qualifying Group B.
Nigeria defeated Zambia in Ndola in October to go top of the group, as Cameroon drew in Algeria. Both teams have named strong squads for the fixture,
Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr recalling Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Watford’s Odion Ighalo while retaining Mikel Obi and exciting young pair, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, who both scored against Zambia.
Despite the Super Eagles’ fine form, the tactician Gernot Rohr is adamant his side will not get ahead of themselves in their quest for a World Cup ticket
Nigeria technical adviser has called on his team to stay grounded despite their winning start in their World Cup qualifiers.
A win against the Greens in Uyo will put the three-time African kings in good position to reach Russia 2018.
“I believe all the games in this group will be difficult to win because all the four teams are very strong,” he told Caf website.
“Algeria which is the number one team in Africa must be disappointed for dropping points at home against Cameroon.
“They will come to Uyo very well prepared against us. So mathematically, it was a good operation for us that we won in Ndola; and we are the only teams that have three points after the first round of matches.”
“The preparation has been to look at our players in their clubs because we cannot play any friendly match,” he continued.
“We have to analyse the matches and we also have to keep eyes on our players because we have started building a new team with many young players.
“It was good we have two wins after two matches (Tanzania and Zambia) which is good for our confidence but there is still a lot of work to do.