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1/7: Super Eagles Have Struggled Vs North Africans Away

The Super Eagles missed the chance to go top of group G after drawing 1-1 against Egypt, in the qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

To avoid missing out on a place in Gabon next year, the Eagles must get a positive result in the reverse fixture against Egypt in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Ahead of the crucial tie, Completesportsnigeria.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI takes a look at how the Eagles have fared in their last seven away clashes against North African opponents in qualifying matches…

TUNISIA 0-0 NIGERIA (2009, W/CUP QUALIFIER)

Just like in the present scenario with Egypt, the Super Eagles were trailing Tunisia by two points prior to their double header in the race to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Tunisia had six points from two games, while the Eagles had four points from the same number of games played. Also in their group were Mozambique and Kenya.

When both teams met in Tunis, in the first leg of their double header, the Eagles forced Tunisia to a 0-0 draw.

Despite playing 2-2 in the reverse fixture in Abuja, the Eagles still went on to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

ALGERIA 2-5 NIGERIA (2005, W/CUP QUALIFIER)

After playing a 1-1 draw against Angola in Kano, the Eagles needed to beat Algeria away in the fifth round of games of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers to remain in the race.

Goals from Obafemi Martins (brace), Yusuf Ayila, Christian Obodo and John Utaka, gave the Eagles an emphatic 5-2 win against Algeria.

Unfortunately, Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup after being knocked out on head-to-head by Angola.

ALGERIA 1-1 NIGERIA (1993, W/CUP QUALIFIER)

The Eagles needed to avoid defeat against Algeria away, in a make or mar clash to qualify for their first ever World Cup.

They eventually secured the ticket, edging out Cote d’Ivoire, after playing 1-1 against Algeria in their last group game.

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Finidi George gave the Eagles a first half lead before the Algerians leveled up to end the game all square.

ALGERIA 1-0 NIGERIA (1st Leg 1988, OLYMPIC QUALIFIER)

In the final round of the 1988 Seoul Olympic qualifiers, the Eagles were paired against Algeria in a two-legged tie.

The first leg of the encounter was played in Annaba with Algeria triumphing by 1-0.

The Eagles eventually secured qualification for the Olympic Games after winning the return leg 2-0.

TUNISIA 2-0 NIGERIA (2nd leg 1985, W/CUP QUALIFIER)

Tunisia were drawn to face Nigeria in the third round of the Mexico 1986 World Cup qualifier.

In the first leg played at the National Stadium, Lagos, the Eagles could only manage a 1-0 win.

But in the second leg, the Tunisians were able to overturn the deficit and won 2-0, to progress into the final round of the qualifiers.

MOROCCO 0-0 NIGERIA (2nd leg 1983, AFCON QUALIFIER)

After playing goalless at home in the first leg of the qualifiers for the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, the Eagles faced a herculean task in the return leg in Morocco.

But just like the first leg, the reverse fixture ended 0-0 and went into penalty shootout.

And at the end of the shootout, the Eagles eventually won 4-3 to qualify for the 1984 AFCON.

ALGERIA 2-1 NIGERIA (2nd Leg 1981, W/CUP QUALIFIER)

Algeria qualified for their first ever World Cup in 1982 at the expense of Nigeria, after both teams were drawn against each other in the final round of the qualifiers.

The first leg inside the National Stadium, Lagos ended 2-0 in favour of Algeria.

And in the second leg, Algeria finally picked the ticket after defeating the Eagles 2-1.

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