By James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international, Nduka Ugbade, has played down the sacking of Milovan Rajevac by the Algeria Football Federation, instead urging the Super Eagles not to lose focus on the task of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Following their 1-1 home draw against Cameroon, the Algerian Football Federation decided to severe ties with Rajevac who was only appointed just three months ago.
Ugbade posited that the Algerian team would want to prove a point to the new coach that will be appointed.
"The sacking of Milovan Rajevac has nothing to do with our forthcoming game with Algeria," Ugbade told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"What is there is that they will get a new coach maybe an Algerian coach who may be good for them.
"And what we will find out is better determination on the part of the Algerian players to play for the new coach.
"The players will want to do everything humanly possible for the new coach at least to show that the problem they had with Rajevac was something that would have led them to a destructive path.
"Whether they sacked a coach or not shouldn't be our problem. Our problem should be that having failed to qualify for the last two Africa Cup of Nations, we must do everything possible to qualify for the World Cup."
Ugbade who helped Remo Stars gain promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League, said the Eagles were condemned to beat Algeria come next month.
"Against Algeria, we must win. We must beat Algeria here. It's going to be much more difficult than the game against Zambia because playing away games, you are not under pressure," Ugbade told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"I will advise that they get the video of the game between Algeria and Cameroon so as to have a good idea of what to expect."
The 1994 AFCON winner went on to express delight on what he has seen of the Super Eagles so far.
"What we've seen with this current Super Eagles team is very encouraging. Young players, wonderful movement of the ball and ability to convert clear-cut chances."