2018 Fifa World Cup Qualifiers
Nigeria vs Algeria
Venue: Akwa Ibom Stadium Uyo (NGA)
Date: sat 12 Nov 2016
Time: 17:00 Local time (5:00 Pm)
FIFA World Cup™ finals history:
Algeria have appeared at four FIFA World Cups, including Brazil 2014 where they reached the knockout stage for the first time – representing their greatest performance. Across the four tournaments, they have recorded a total of three victories, two of which came at Spain 1982, against West Germany (2-1) and Chile (3-2). Les Fennecs’ third success was recorded in Brazil, where they defeated Korea Republic 4-2, becoming the first African or Arab team to score four goals at the World Cup in the process.
After impressing at Brazil 2014, the Algerians will now be very hopeful of qualifying for Russia 2018. To achieve that goal, they will expect the best from their core of players performing in major European leagues, such as Yacine Brahimi, Sofiane Feghouli, Islam Slimani, Nabil Bentaleb and Carl Medjani.
3 – Algeria are the third Arab team to reach the Round of 16 at the World Cup, after Morocco at Mexico 1986 and Saudi Arabia at USA 1994.
The former stars
Rabah Madjer, Lakhdar Belloumi, Abdelhakim Serrar, Djamel Zidane, Rachid Mekhloufi, Moustapha Zitouni, Ali Fergani
After impressing on their way to the second round in each of their first two FIFA World Cup™ appearances, in 1994 and 1998, Nigeria struggled in the finals before again returning to the knockout rounds in 2014. In Brazil they beat fancied Bosnia and Herzegovina before showing well in narrow defeats to eventual finalists Argentina and France. But the most populous nation in Africa always has high expectations, and they have had their eye on a first-ever African spot in the semi-finals for some time.
In Vincent Enyeama the Super Eagles have arguably the best African goalkeeper, but the veteran captain is not the only Nigerian player of an international caliber as his replacement Carl Ikeme has proved that he is a reliable shot stopper.Also other Players like John Obi Mikel, Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo and Efe Ambrose have shown in Europe that they are capable of playing at the highest level. The success that the Nigerian youth teams are enjoying would also suggest that the seemingly never-ending stream of top class player will take the Super Eagles into a bright future.
Gernot Rohr .
5 – The number of World Cup finals Nigeria have qualified for out of the last six events.
The former stars
Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Rashidi Yekini