Algeria charter planes to carry fans for African Cup semi-final

Kanu Nwankwo

Following Nigeria's stellar performance at the ongoing AFCON tournament, Business moguls Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola have promised $75,000 for every goal scored by the Super Eagles ahead of their semi finals clash against Algeria.

"We had two changes before the game against South Africa, the winning team against Cameroon has been changed and it is possible that we will change the team again because all the players are ready to go", said Rohr during Saturday's pre-match conference.

Tunisia's Naim Sliti celebrates after scoring against Madagascar during their CAN quarter-final match on Thursday.

Oil baron, Otedola has recently been involved in a number of commendable interventions for ailing former Nigerian global players, including 1980 AFCON winning team's captain, Christian Chukwuemeka Chukwu and goalkeeper Peter Fregene.

Super Eagles on the other hand, will consider reaching the semi-final to be a bare minimum requirement given their incredible heritage in AFCON by reaching the last four on seven occasions since 2000.

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.

"The win is important".

"It's going to be a tough game".

"We expected that we would win, but we have to keep our head calm", he added. Although they lost 2-1, the then Green Eagles defeated Egypt 3-2 in the third place match for their first AFCON bronze medal.

"We also see Egyptian fans support us and encourage us to perform better so it is a great feeling when they saw them supporting us".

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". They won thanks to a late goal by William Troost-Ekong to get $15,000.

He advised the technical crew to also intensify team training in penalties as the semi final and final matches might stretch to extra time.



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