Former Super Eagle’s mid-fielder Mutiu Adepoju says Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier between Algeria and Nigeria in Constantine is very crucial to the Super Eagles’ preparations ahead of the main event.
The Eagles are the first African side to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia after amassing 13 points in Group B that also has Africa champions Cameroon and Zambia. The three-time African champions won four and drew one of their previous qualifiers to secure the group’s ticket to Russia.
But Adepoju, who represented Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, said despite the Eagles’ World Cup qualification the Algeria tie would help kick-start the Eagles’ preparations ahead of the trip to Russia.
Speaking further, the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner stated that the exclusion of key players like Victor Moses, Moses Simon, Ogenyi Onazi and Odion Ighalo from the Constantine encounter would not affect the squad, adding that the players called up to replace them would give a good account of themselves.