The coach of the current holders of the African Cup of Nations Djamel Belmadi, has explained the choice behind the decision to face Nigeria in a friendly.
According to Belmadi, he wants his Algerian side to face the Super Eagles of Nigeria, because he was looking for a match that could put his team in a difficult situation.
The 44-year old, went further to explain that Nigeria is a benchmark, adding that he wants his team to take advantage of the FIFA dates.
Algeria will battle Gernot Rohr’s side in an international friendly game at the Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, in Austria on Friday.
Last time both countries met, was in the semi-finals of the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt, in which the Super Eagles of Nigeria got defeated by The Desert Foxes of Algeria.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, the Algerian head coach said;
“Nigeria is a benchmark match, especially in the first half, we could have led 3-0. They are always a very close match against them. Moreover, they won more than we did. I am looking for the difficulty against Nigeria to progress,”
“I was looking for matches that could put us in difficulty. Some might say we have to pick up slowly, but I don’t see it like that, we have to take advantage of the FIFA dates, there aren’t many.
“We could have chosen smaller teams, but I made the demand to obtain these prestigious matches against Nigeria and Mexico.
“Nigeria everyone knows is the third-best team in the FIFA/CAF ranking.”