Afcon 2019: Madagascar defeat was Super Eagles joker - Rohr

First goal for Nigeria excites Chukwueze

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi believes Africa Cup of Nations semi-finalists Nigeria are standing on the brink of a golden future.

"We showed great fighting spirit against Cameroon and South Africa". Their first was on March 11, 1976 against host Morocco.

"We scored the first goal but they equalised". They are a very tough side, compact team.

"We know it is nearly like a final, Algeria one of the best teams in Africa with quality players but also we have confidence and after the game against South Africa we have more passion and we're looking forward to the game", Iwobi told Goal.

Nigeria will next trade tackles with the Fennecs of Algeria in the semi-finals on Sunday in Cairo, and the Franco-German noted the defeat to Madagascar deflected pressure from the Eagles.

Nigeria will play their 14th semi-final in AFCON, more than any other team.

Last night was devoted for watching the quarter final match between Algeria and Côte d' Ivoire. The victory earned them $10,000 each.

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Super Eagles media officer Toyin Ibitoye however told reporters in Egypt that these three players are now good to go against Algeria. They defeated Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania to top group c with nine points.

Algeria beat Guinea 3-0 in the last 16 before edging past Ivory Coast in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals.

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.

Each Super Eagles player will pocket $110,000 if they lift the trophy in Egypt.

According to Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Nigerian oil mogul Femi Otedola has also promised to reward the team with $25,000 for every goal beginning from the encounter with Algeria. "They were different players", recalled Belmadi.

The Eagles were beaten 2-0 by the Barea at Alexandria Stadium in their last Group B encounter nearly two weeks ago.

"We have a good team but the players need to play with more determination".

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