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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 



The much talked about friendly match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the current Africa Champion, the Fennecs of Algeria will be live on Nigeria television for the Nigerian audience who have been starved of national team action due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.



According to NFF Media Director, Ademola Olajire, the federation’s marketing department has reached an understanding with both AIT and SuperSports to broadcast the games to Nigerians as part of efforts to get Super Eagles’ fans close to the team.


The head of communication of the Nigeria Football Federation also confirmed that former Germany U20 captain, Kevin Akpoguma, who arrived in camp only to bond with Nigeria’s international train ahead of his switch to the fatherland, was cleared by FIFA’s single judge to dorn the green-white-green henceforth in a release made available to www.sportspedal.com.ng


" His clearance solidifies a dependable backline of Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, William Ekong, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and first-time invitee Zaidu Sanusi,” he said.

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Though not on the list of invited players, Kelvin has been training with the boys since Monday and is in line for selection with this clearance from FIFA.


Nigeria and Algeria faces each other for the first in an international friendly which will rekindle a 47 years old rivalry which dates to 1973 when Nigeria defeated Algeria in Lagos at the 2nd All Africa games which ended in 2-2 draw both teams have since met 21 times with Nigeria winning 9 times and Algeria winning 8 times and 3 ended in a draw.


Top of the clashes between these African football giants was in 1980 when Nigeria defeated Algeria 3-0 in Lagos to win the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time and when Algeria defeated the Super Eagles at the finals of 1990 Africa Cup of Nations by 1-0 to win trophy for the first time.


Both sides met at the 2019 Nations in the semi finals where the Fennecs ran away with 2-1 victory en route to winning the coveted trophy for the second time in history.
The friendly will kick by 7:30pm local time as Nigeria will be using the match to prepare ahead of the return of the 2021 Africa Cup Nations qualifiers.



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