Egwuekwe predicts which Super Eagles star will down Algeria

September 27th 2022, 2:29:18 pm

Cyriel Dessers, Calvin Bassey, and Alex Iwobi are some of the in-form Super Eagles players

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Former Super Eagles defender Azubuike Egwuekwe has weighed in on the likely Super Eagles star that will make a difference in the upcoming friendly game against Algeria.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will lock horns with the Desert Foxes of Algeria on Tuesday, September 27 at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran, Algeria by 8 pm Nigerian time.

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The Jose Peseiro-led Nigerian side last played a 2-2 draw against the home-based Algerian national team in an unofficial friendly on Friday, September 23.

Egwuekwe, who has been capped 35 times by the national team, reposed his faith in the Super Eagles, stating that the team have been playing better under the new manager Peseiro.

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The current Rivers United centre-back told PUNCH Sports Extra that he would also like to see the introduction of some of the new players following the absence of some key players due to injury.

Egwuekwe said: "Of course, the Eagles can win; they are playing well under the new coach (Peseiro). But you know, Algeria is a very strong side, however, as a Nigerian, I have to support my country. I believe we are going to come out victorious.

"Of course, the Algerians have been doing so well in recent times; they’re on a winning streak, so all I want to see is the introduction of the few new players in the team so we can access how good they are."

Egwuekwe also pinpointed Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi as the most likely Super Eagles player to be the 'game changer' in the friendly against Algeria.

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The Rivers United centre-back noted that Iwobi's impressive start to the Premier League season makes him the prime candidate to deliver the goods for Peseiro's men.

"We have a lot of talents in Nigeria, but, for me, at this moment, Alex Iwobi will be the game changer," Egwuekwe said.

"Because he has been in top form since the beginning of this season in the Premier League. I believe that if he starts, he is going to make a difference for the team.”

Iwobi was one of the goalscorers in the 2-2 draw against Algeria's B Team on Friday, cancelling out Algeria's first-half lone goal lead with a long-range effort in the second half.


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