As Nigeria Prepares For Algeria Test, The Eagles’ Constantine Camp Bubbles
Francis Uzoho and Ebube Duru’s arrival at the Super Eagles’ camp in Constantine yesterday gave Nigeria’s effort to keep up its recent dominance over Algeria a significant boost.
The 2019 African champions, who, like Nigeria, did not make it to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, will face the Super Eagles in an international friendly there.
Leon Balogun was injured, so Rivers United’s left back Duru was invited to fill in. Due to a CAF Champions League matchup with Rivers United in Liberia, he was unable to travel with the domestic team.
In addition to Balogun, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) reports that forwards Henry Onyekuru and Samuel Chukwueze as well as team captain Ahmed Musa are also out due to injuries.
The NFF said: “Coach José Santos Peseiro has approved that the three-time African champions have a training game against Algeria’s ‘B’ squad on Saturday to see a number of new and returning players in action, ahead of the official game against the Fennecs (Algeria’s ‘A’ team) in Oran on Tuesday evening.
“The match against Algeria’s ‘B’ squad will start at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday, while the official game on Tuesday will commence at 8.00 p.m.”
After taking some time off, goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, defender Kevin Akpoguma, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, and forward Chidera Ejuke are returning to the team, while Godwin Saviour and Richard Onyedika are joining the big boys for the first time.
Goalkeeper Adeleye Adebayo, who resides in Israel, was a member of the squad for the summer’s AFCON qualifying matches against Sao Tome and Principe and Sierra Leone but did not play.
The Tuesday’s clash is the second time Super Eagles and Fennecs will meet in a friendly match. While the Super Eagles won the first encounter in Austria in October 2020 by the odd goal.
The Super Eagles defeated both teams 5-2 when they faced off in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Oran in September 2005.
The squad includes defenders William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem, Olaoluwa Aina, Calvin Bassey, Zaidu Sanusi, Kevin Akpoguma, Valentine Ozornwafor, and Ebube Duru in addition to goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Maduka Okoye, and Adeleye Adebayo.
Wilfred Ndidi, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, and Richard Onyedika are the team’s midfielders; the forwards are Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Godwin Saviour, Ademola Lookman, Taiwo Awoniyi, Chidera Ejuke, Cyriel Dessers, and Terem Moffi.