On Friday, September 24, 2022, the Super Eagles of Nigeria had to come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against a home-based Algerian team.
In the highlights from the game, it shows that the Super Eagles’ first-choice goalkeeper Maduka Okoye was at fault for the first goal by Algeria.
The Watford goalkeeper was given the ball and tried to play out from the back. The Algerian team were under instructions to press Okoye for a retrieval knowing well that he struggles with the ball at his feet.
Okoye would get confused with the ball stuck at his feet as the Algerian team bundled the ball into the net.
Okoye received criticism for his fault and lack of playing time in the Championship with Watford.
There were some that also referenced a mistake in the round of 16 against Tunisia at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon early this year.
Nigeria competed Algeria national team in a FIFA-unrecognized exhibition match.
The purpose of the test match was to get the Super Eagles in condition and allow head coach Jose Peseiro to continue modifying the team’s tactics despite missing the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The Algerian national team begins preparations for the 2023 African Nations Championship (CHAN), which Algeria will host in early January.
The Super Eagles conceded in the first half and headed into halftime trailing a home-based Algerian team, 1-0.
Alex Iwobi of Everton and Cyriel Dessers of Cremonense scored for the Super Eagles in the second half to earn a 2-2 draw with the Algerian national team.
The Super Eagles will continue training in Constantine with all 23 members of their roster.
The international friendly between Peseiro’s squad and Algeria’s first team is slated for Tuesday, September 27.
The match will take place at Stade Olympique d’Oran at 8 p.m. Nigerian Standard Time.