The race for qualification to the Russia 2018 World Cup will resume across Africa and beyond this weekend.
In Uyo, Nigeria’s Super Eagles will be up against the Desert Foxes of Algeria.
After a perfect start with an away win over Zambia, the Super Eagles are very keen to overcome Algeria too.
In what will be their 50th home World Cup qualifying match, the Eagles have been talking tough in the run to today’s tie.
Stay here for live updates from the Nigeria Vs Algeria game billed for the Goodswill Akpabio stadium from 5 p.m.
4:08 P.M Genort Rohr makes four changes to the Super Eagles team that will face Algeria
Super Eagles XI: Daniel Akpeyi, Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Elderson Echiejile, Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Obi, Etebo, Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Alex Iwobi.
4:52 P.M Senate President Bukola Saraki is head of the Nigerian delegation at the match venue. He is shaking hands with players from both sides.
4:54 P.M The Algerian national anthem is being played. The North Africans have a couple of their fans at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
4:55 P.M Thunderous ovation as the Nigeria national anthem feels the air in Uyo.
4:58 P.M The Super Eagles in a short prayer session ahead of the kickoff!!
5.01 P.M: Nigeria wins the first free kick of the game as Captain John Obi Mikel was hacked down by an Algerian
5.05 P.M: Nigeria dictating the pace in the early exchanges
5.07 P.M: Chance!!! Victor Moses dribbles an Algerian defender but his left-footed shot miss target by inches
5.10 P.M: Algeria’s Slimani cautioned for a high tackle against Kenneth Omeruo
5.22 P.M: Still goalless after 23 minutes of action
5.25 P.M: Victor Moses scores the first goal for Nigeria!!
5.25 P.M: The Chelsea man gets a yellow card for his wild celebration that saw him pull off his jersey
5.30 P.M: Chance!! Kelechi Iheaacho fails to connect with a cross from Victor Moses.. That could have been 2-0 for Nigeria
5.35 P.M: Algeria the rougher team so far with 10 fouls.. Nigeria with 6
5.36 P.M: Chance for Algeria… but it goes just above the bar
5.41 P.M: Mikel fires in second goal !!!! Algeria were looking for an offside call that never came
5.47 P.M: Nigeria almost gave the Algerians a chance… Ekong clears the ball badly but the Desert Foxes failed to make the most of the gifted opportunity
The Super Eagles are on course for a resounding victory in what is their 50th home World Cup qualifying match
5.59 P.M: Both teams are in the tunnel for their half time talk.
6.00 P.M: The two teams are out and the second half has commenced.
6.06 P.M: Algeria’s Nabil Bentaleb gets a yellow card after tripping Victor Moses
6.07 P.M: Free kick to Nigeria …but the rising shot from Iheanacho goes over the target
6.09 P.M: Injury scare for Nigeria as Ogenyi Onazi is down on the turf the Turkey-based player looks to be in pain
6.09 P.M: The former Lazio man has just been stretched out
6.11 P.M: The Nigeria Coach set to make some changes…. Ighalo .. Ahmed Musa all warming up
6.13 P.M: Corner Kick for Algeria as Mahrez delivers a cross into the Nigeria box
6.14 P.M: The Algerian fans are beginning to get agitated in the stands
For some history…. Nigeria has played six World Cup Qualifying matches in the month of November since 8, November 1969 and have lost just once during that period… They are looking good to win another November fixture
6.18 P.M: Another Algerian, Assai Amandi gets a Yellow card
6.20 P.M: Kenneth Omeruo is been attended to by the medics.. he is being hauled off at the moment
6.23 P.M: Substitution: Shehu Abudulahi in for Omeruo
6.24 P.M: Goal!!! Wonder strike form Nabil Betanleb, he pulls one back for Algeria
6.27 P.M: Mehdi in for Bejani as Algeria make another change
6.31 P.M: Substitution: Iwobi pulled out for Ahmed Musa
6.35 P.M: Inside the final 12 minutes of the game.. Still Nigeria 2-1 Algeria
6.37 P.M: Sofiane in for Beguli… Final substitution for the Algerians
6.37 P.M: Algeria have won a free kick in a dangerous position
6.38 P.M: That was close… Nigeria force a corner but danger averted
6.39 P.M: Mikel gets a standing ovation as Wilfred Nididi takes the place of the Super Eagles skipper
6.41 P.M: Ahmed Musa flagged for offside play as Nigeria tries a goal scoring attempt
6.44 P.M: Super Eagles hanging on to their slim win.
6.47 P.M: That should have been the killer but Iheanacho plays the ball high from close range… that was a good cross from Ahmed Musa
6.48 P.M: Goal !!! That seals it … Victor Moses fires in another goal!!
6.52 P.M: Final whistle Nigeria 3-1 Algeria ..The Super Eagles stay top of their group