- Algeria vs Nigeria will contest for a place in the finals of the AFCON 2019 tournament
- Man City star Riyad Mahrez believes the Super Eagles are a more formidable team to play
- The North Africans has never beaten the three-time African champions in open play in 29 years
Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has disclosed that Nigeria will be a tougher opponent than Cote D'Ivoire ahead of their AFCON 2019 semi final clash with the Super Eagles.
The Algerian captain also added that the Super Eagles have more time to rest following their 2-1 victory over South Africa.
The Desert Warriors battled the Elephants a day later and played into extra time before winning on penalty shoot-out.
And the three-time African champions are looking like the favourites over the North African opponents as they have never lost to Algeria on the field of play in 29 years.
''Yes, it's true that Nigeria is a very tough opponent. This is one of the favorites of this competition,'' Mahrez was quoted as saying by Le Buteur.
''Nigeria is always playing the leading role in the Africa Cup of Nations. First we will recover well because we will have a day less than them, then we will get to work to be on top of the day.''
But the 2015 African Footballer of the Year is optimistic about their chances of beating Nigeria and qualifying for the final.
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Mahrez continued : ''Obviously, I am very optimistic like my teammates. We have achieved so far an exceptional journey in this AFCON.
''We have won a lot of games, that of Ivory Coast is the only one where we went to a penalty shootout.
''This drives us to be optimistic but we will base ourselves on work. We will prepare for this game well and give it all.''
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Super Eagles striker Alex Iwobi has made it clear that his teammates are ready for the big clash against Algeria in the semifinal of the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
Nigeria beat bitter rivals South Africa 2-1 in their quarterfinal game, while Algeria defeated Ivory Coast on penalties to reach the last four.
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