NFF confirms live coverage as Belmadi explains decision to play Eagles

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will take on n champions, Algeria, in the first of two international friendly games in Austria this FIFA window. The second game against Tunisia comes up three days later. All the matches will hold in Austria.

According to Media Director, Ademola Olajire, the federation’s marketing department has reached an understanding with both AIT and SuperSports to broadcast the games to ns as part of efforts to get ’ fans close to the team.

Both matches will kick off by 7.30 n time, Olajire disclosed that the camp at the Hotel die Zeit an der Glan in Austria is brimming with excitement following the arrival of all invited players, adding that there is stout confidence that the mixture of old boys and new acts would turn back n champions Algeria tomorrow and the continent’s second-ranked team Tunisia on Tuesday.

He reaffirmed that former Germany U20 captain, Kevin Akpoguma, who arrived in camp only to bond with ’s international train ahead of his switch to fatherland, was cleared by FIFA’s single judge to dorn the green-white-green henceforth.

“His clearance solidifies a dependable backline of Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, William Ekong, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and first-time invitee Zaidu Sanusi,” he added.

Algeria, who have a second game against Mexico in The Netherlands on Tuesday, come into Friday’s game not only as the champions of , but also on the back of an 18-match unbeaten run. They have not lost on the pitch since they were bumped by the odd goal in an AFCON 2019 qualifier away in Benin Republic in October 2018.

Djamel Belmadi, the former Algerian international, who coached his country to a second continental title in Egypt last year, has included standout names Riyad Mahrez, Yassine Brahimi, Sofiane Feghouli and Baghdad Bounedjah in his 24-man squad to confront the three-time n champions.

Coach also has in his team Captain Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, Samuel Chukwueze and Kenneth Omeruo, but he has to do without electrifying forward Victor Osimhen and midfield lynchpin Wilfred Ndidi. New birds Frank Onyeka and Chidera Ejuke, and former U17 captain Samson Tijani have the opportunity to impress.

Meanwhile, Belmadi has explained that he opted to face because ‘the are difficult opponents.’

Of the last seven games played between the and Desert Foxes, the West n giants have won five and lost two and one of the defeats came in the boardroom when used in an ineligible player Abdullahi Shehu in their final game of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Algeria managed to beat 2-1 in the semifinals of last year’s Cup of Nations thanks to a brilliant free-kick scored by Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez with the last kick of the game.

According to Belmadi, “ is a benchmark match, especially in the first half, we could have led 3-0.

“They are always very close matches against them, moreover they won more than we did. I am looking for the difficulty against to progress.

“We could have opted very quickly against smaller teams but I had the requirement to obtain these two prestigious matches against and Mexico.

everyone knows, it is the third best team in the FIFA / ranking.”

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