The Super Eagles camp at the Hotel die Zeit an der Glan in Austria is filled with excitement following the arrival of all the invited players, and a firm confidence that the mix of old and new acts is capable of driving the champions back. Africans Algeria and Tunisia, the second classified on the continent, in two friendlies between Friday and Tuesday.
The heartwarming news came on Monday night when former Germany U-20 captain Kevin Akpoguma, who arrived at the camp only to join Nigeria’s international train before his change to his homeland, was cleared by FIFA’s sole judge. to wear green-white-green from now on. His authorization solidifies a trustworthy bottom line of Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, William Ekong, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and first-time guest Zaidu Sanusi.
Algeria, which has a second game against Mexico in the Netherlands on Tuesday, comes into Friday’s game not only as African champions but also after an 18-game unbeaten streak. They have not lost on the field since being hit by a goal in an AFCON 2019 qualifier in the Republic of Benin in October 2018.
Two years earlier, the Super Eagles rebounded 3-1 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Uyo. Both teams finished the second leg at Constantine 1-1, although the Eagles had already chosen the only World Cup ticket in the group prior to that final encounter.
Tunisia, who play the Super Eagles on Tuesday at the same venue, will host the Sudan Falcons at Stade Olympique de Rades on Friday, at the same time that the Eagles take the field against the Fennecs in Austria.
Djamel Belmadi, the former Algerian international who led his country to a second continental title in Egypt last year, has included prominent names like Riyad Mahrez, Yassine Brahimi, Sofiane Feghouli and Baghdad Bounedjah in his 24-man squad to face the three-time African. champions.
Coach Gernot Rohr also has captain Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, Samuel Chukwueze and Kenneth Omeruo on his squad, but he has to dispense with electrifying forward Victor Osimhen and center-back Wilfred Ndidi. New birds Frank Onyeka and Chidera Ejuke, and former U17 captain Samson Tijani have a chance to impress.
Friday’s game, like Tuesday’s, will start at 8.30 p.m. Austrian time (7.30 p.m.