Dollar Rain For Super Eagles As 2 Moguls Promise $50k Each For Every Goal Against Algeria
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set for another dollar rain as two business moguls have promised cash pledges to give the team $50,000 dollars each for every goal scored against Algeria.
This, it was understood, is to boost Super Eagles morale in the next encounter coming up tomorrow in Cairo.
The NFF announced the pledge on its official Twitter handle on Saturday See tweet:
I wish them good luck 👍
— Williams Heavens (@HeavensWilliams) July 13, 2019
The match between Algeria and Nigeria will be played at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, the Egyptian capital on Sunday by 20:00 hours Nigerian time.
Nigeria reached the semifinal after seeing off the Bafana Bafana of South Africa 2-1 on Wednesday.
The winning came after a spirited fight by the South Africans courtesy of two goals by Samuel Chukwueze and William Troost-Ekong in each half of the match.
On their part, Algeria reached the last four for the first time since 2010 after beating Cote d’Ivoire 4-3 on penalties in their quarter final clash on Thursday in Suez.
The encounter ended one-all after 120 minutes with Turkey-based Sofiane Feghouli scoring in the first half for Les Fennecs whilst Jonathan Kodjia levelled in the second half.
The North Africans had the luxury of missing a penalty early in the second half when Baghdad Bounedjah shot at the cross-bar, but had the last laugh on penalties.
During penalties, Rami Bensebaini, Islam Slimani, Andy Delort and Adam Ounas scored for Algeria whilst Franck Kessie, Maxwell Cornet and Max Gradel converted for the West Africans.
Striker Wilfried Bony and Serey Die missed their spots kicks with Youcef Belaili also failing to score from the shot distance.
It was yet again another painful exit for Les Elephants who have failed to make an impression since winning their second AFCON title in 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.
The Ivorians, champions also in 1992, failed to go past the group stage in 2017 in Gabon.
In the early parts of the game, Les Elephants should have broken the deadlock but Zaha after doing all the work, squared to Kodjia, but the latter failed to trap the ball.
Les Fennecs broke the deadlock on 20 minutes through Feghouli, who connected a cross from Rami Bensebaini from the left, that caught Ivorian goalie Sylvian Gbohouo for the opener.
The Algerians were awarded a penalty after Gbohouo felled Bounedjah in virtually the first attack of the half. However, Bounedja shot at the crossbar to the dismay of all.
And that was the turning point for the Ivorians, who raided the half of the Algerians in search of the equalizer.
With both sides failing to grab the winner, the game headed for extra time which saw Gbohouo and M’Bolhi make superb saves to force the game to penalties which saw the Algeria win 4-3 and continue their fine run in the competition.
Meanwhile, before the Algeria versus Nigeria match, Senegal will square off with Tunisia at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo by 17:00 hours Nigerian time.