The Nigeria U-23 team and its Algerian counterpart will be locked in a supremacy battle on Saturday night as both teams aim for the top prize at the 2015 African U-23 Cup of Nations.
Having both qualified for the Men’s football event of the 2016 Rio Olympics, the two finalists will be out to put the icing on the cake on their campaign at the Senegal tournament.
Interestingly, both Nigeria and Algeria have had a go at each other during the group phase and the then final group clash ended in a barren stalemate which was enough for both teams to proceed into the semi finals.
Now to the present, it is expected that the complexion of Saturday’s game will be largely different; at least a winner must emerge even if it means going into penalty shootouts.
Speaking ahead of the final contest, Pierre-Andre Schurman, the Head Coach for the Algeria U-23 team, said the major mission of qualifying for the Olympics has been achieved but that that would not mean they would not give the African title a shot.
“Our mission was to qualify for the Olympic Games and it is done. I congratulate my players and staff on that. Our qualification is historic in the sense that it has been 35-years since Algeria last qualified for the Olympic Games,” the coach said.
He continued: The final will never be the same (like the meeting at the group phase). It is a different game and we will have a different philosophy because it is an important game for the two coaches.