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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Riyad Mahrez – Algerian coach Rabah Madjer banking on Leicester player to beat Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Riyad Mahrez – Algerian coach Rabah Madjer banking on Leicester player to beat Nigeria

Riyad Mahrez of Algeria battles Nigeria ‘s Etebo

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 19:00


Although Algeria are out of the race to book a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Desert Warriors will still have to protect their dignity when they meet Nigeria.

The thrilling encounter is set to be staged in Constantine on Friday as the North Africans will hope to boost their morale after a poor campaign.

Having a new coach in Rabah Madjer, the Algerians are aware that a win will ease their dismal qualifying campaign.

Madjer will lead the side for the first time after the axing of Lucas Alcaraz last month, and he wants a win to start his tenure on a high.

However, he will not make it happen alone and that is why players such as Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani must be in an uncompromising mood to down the Super Eagles.

“Our team is in crisis, it has been a difficult period for the players and that is why we have to get back to winning matches immediately (defeating Nigeria),” stressed Madjer.

Madjer will bank on the Leicester City winger as he has been impressive in the English Premier League in recent times.

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Thuso Phala banking on positive energy ahead of Confed Cup clash – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

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Thuso Phala banking on positive energy ahead of Confed Cup clash

Thuso Phala of Supersport United challenged by Issama Mpeko of TP Mazembe during the Caf Confederation Cup match between Supersport United and TP Mazembe at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 20 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 11:30


SuperSport United midfielder, Thuso Phala has emphasised the need to keep a clean sheet at home ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup semi-final clash.

Coach Eric Tinkler will lead his men against Tunisian giants Club Africain this Sunday as they want to register a win and keep a clean sheet at home.

Phala, who scored a brace against Zesco United in the previous stage encounter, says the semi-final stage will be more difficult.

“There is a great amount of positive energy in the camp and it has even rubbed off onto the technical staff,” said Phala to CAF website.

“We made a great comeback playing away and that is a major confidence booster for us as a team.

“We are coming up against the best four teams that remain in the competition so it will be even tougher.

“We need to ensure that we keep a clean sheet at home because that is very important in continental competitions.

“Not conceding is the ideal situation but going further and winning at home will be a major boost for us.”

The clash was initially set for Saturday afternoon, but has been moved to Sunday, October 1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium at 15h

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