AFCON: Super Eagles must now re-double their efforts - Adepoju

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Interestingly, more dollars will be showered on them, if they will score more goals in the must win semi-final clash with Algeria.

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.

"We beat them 3-1 [in 2017] and there were loads of individual mistakes".

Nigeria's defender William Ekong (C) celebrates his goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) quarter final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at Cairo worldwide stadium on July 9, 2019.

Nigeria's preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Algeria on Sunday has not been affected by the fact that many view the Super Eagles as favourites for the title, says Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi.

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There were fears that these three players would not be fit for Nigeria's next AFCON 2019 game against Algeria, due to the knocks they suffered against South Africa.

Another Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola also made a similar promise to the team that they will get $25,000 (N9 million) for every goal scored.

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 then walloped Guinea 3-0 in the round of 16 before beating Cote' d'Ivoire in the quarter-finals to set up tomorrow's clash with the Super Eagles.

But if history is any indication, the "Greens" are in for a tough challenge, having last beaten Nigeria in the final of the 1990 tournament that sealed Algeria's first and only continental trophy. They all play at good clubs and have good physical trainers too.

He observed that the Super Eagles played their last two matches with greater determination and commitment which he said was lacking when they lost 0-2 to Madagascar in their last group match.

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