Gernot Rohr: Super Eagles AFCON defeat to Madagascar a blessing in disguise

Breaking Algeria qualify for AFCON 2019 semi-finals

Gernot Rohr: Super Eagles AFCON defeat to Madagascar a blessing in disguise

But it's not the end, we have to continue against Algeria, we are very confident as we are able to beat the holders and a team that beat the hosts. Their attack, led by Baghdad Bounedjah, had so far in the tournament run opposition defenses riot.

The Desert Foxes on their part edged out hard fighting Elephants of Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties on Thursday after a pulsating 1-1 draw in regulation time.

Algeria was later awarded a 3-0 walkover for the second game in Constantine after Nigeria fielded an ineligible player, and Rohr has been impressed by their improvement since Djamel Belmadi took over last August. "We just have to try and win it. Algeria is one of the great teams in Africa", he said. In football most times, you have to earn the right to win.

The Super Eagles were then stunned 2-0 in their last group game by one of the competition's debutants at the Alexandria Stadium. This said Algeria know better than judge Nigeria by mere statistics.

The Foxes' performance of five victories in Egypt in the most convincing fashion is no doubt intimidating but a former Nigerian worldwide, Barnabas Imenger is confident that if the Super Eagles will sustain the present momentum, they would reach their eighth AFCON finals.

They have got to the semi-finals stage or further in 14 of their 17 AFCON appearances, including 11 of the last 12.

This news was credited to Gbenga Elegbeleye, former Director-General, National Sports Commission, after the game against South Africa.

"You can't really say this is where the team is good or this is where it is bad".

Further words of encouragement came from President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) following Wednesday night's victory, with the president urging "the team and their handlers to be focused, disciplined and scale the remaining two hurdles to glory".

The team received cash gifts and plots of land from the Nigerian government when they won the competition for the third time in South Africa in 2013. They defeated Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania to top group c with nine points.

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