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Afcon 2019: We are not allowing Super Eagles to get distracted - Pascal

Afcon 2019: We are not allowing Super Eagles to get distracted - Pascal

Algeria conceded their first goal of the tournament in the quarter-finals against Ivory Coast, proving to be a resilient outfit throughout the AFCON.

Algeria twice beat Nigeria at the 1990 tournament - 5-1 in the group stage and 1-0 in the final - on the only occasion that they won the title. Nigeria also have the psychological advantage having beaten the North Africans in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, although the return leg ended one-all with Nigeria already qualified, Algeria were awarded a three-nil win due to Nigeria fielding a suspended player.

"We had two changes before the game against South Africa, the winning team against Cameroon has been changed and it is possible that we will change the team again because all the players are ready to go", said Rohr during Saturday's pre-match conference.

NAN also reports that at the ongoing 32nd AFCON, the Desert Foxes have emerged as perhaps the best organised team, tactically aware and disciplined in their approach, with swift counter-attacking competence.

Super Eagles trio of Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo and defender Chidozie Awaziem have been declared fit to face Algeria in AFCON 2019 semifinal clash on Sunday, July 14. "We can reasonably hope to win based on our last two performances but we're wary because of our opponents", said Rohr.

Nigeria and Algeria were in the same qualification group for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

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"We have an assignment at hand and it is to tell the players the importance of the semi-final fixture", he continued.

"We are not anxious about the way they've played and their unbeaten run. We will try our best".

If they win the tournament, each player will make $20 000, making it a total of $110,000.

However the outcome, both teams can be proud of their AFCON run and the victor would take that momentum into the final.

"My absolute dream is to help Senegal win the Africa Cup of Nations - that would surpass even what I achieved with Liverpool in the Champions League".


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