Nigeria prepares for FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria

Abuja, Nov 8 (IANS) Nigeria’s national football team began to tune up for next Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against North African rivals Algeria.

Nigerian team officials told Xinhua training commenced in the country’s capital, Abuja.

Nigeria had invited a total of 25 players to tune up for the Algerians known to have a fast-paced attacking squad. The match is scheduled to take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in the southeastern city of Uyo.

Patrick Pascal, coordinator of the Nigerian team, also known as Super Eagles, said a light training was organised for the players on Monday evening.

According to him, the duo of Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho, who play for English premiership club sides Arsenal and Manchester City respectively, are among the players already in the Super Eagles’ camp.

The team’s spokesman Toyin Ibitoye said intensive training will commence on Tuesday, as more players were expected in camp later on Monday.

The Fennecs of Algeria are expected to arrive the city of Uyo, capital of Nigeria’s oil-rich Akwa Ibom State, on Thursday for the crucial match.

The two countries have met 17 times in competitive matches, with Nigeria having won eight, losing six and three draws.

–IANS

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