Nigeria vs Algeria: Sofiane Feghouli, Youcef Atal doubtful for Algeria in AFCON semis

Nigeria vs Algeria: Sofiane Feghouli, Youcef Atal doubtful for Algeria in AFCON semis

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM
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- Nigeria vs Algeria square up in the semi-final cracker at the ongoing 2019 AFCON in Egypt

- Algeria's duo Sofiane Feghouli and Youcef Atal are doubtful after their hard fought quarter-final

- The winner of the match will progress to the final match of the tournament on July 19

Algeria’s Desert Foxes are likely to be without two top stars when they trade tackles with Nigeria’s Super Eagles in their semi-final clash on Sunday, July 14, at the Cairo International Stadium.

Galatasaray midfielder Sofiane Feghouli and Nice defender Youcef Atal are struggling to be fit for the semi-final, after injuries cropped up during their quarterfinal win over Ivory Coast.

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Nigeria vs Algeria: Sofiane Feghouli and Youcef Atal doubtful for AFCON semi-final clash
Riyad Mahrez of Algeria celebrates his goal with Youcef Atal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 match between Algeria and Guinea at 30th June Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Cairo, Egypt
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Youcef Atal was replaced by Mehdi Zeffane after 30th minute of action after picking up an injury.

And during the extra-time Feghouli was also replaced by Andy Delort after having scored Algeria's only goal of the night.

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With two days to game time, both players are expected to undergo late fitness tests to determine their availability for the contest.

So far, the North Africans have recorded four wins and one draw at the ongoing 2019 AFCON, netting ten times and conceding just once.

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However, they had to bank on penalties to beat Ivory Coast in the quarterfinal after the match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.

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Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are rearing to go after claiming four victories in five games, including the 2-1 quarterfinal win over South Africa’s Bafana Bafana on Wednesday night.

The Nigeria vs Algeria semi-final showdown will kick-off at 10pm East African Time.

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Babajide Orevba
Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.