Cotonsport of Garoua’s forward and former Niger international Kamilou Daouda has predicted the Menas to cause a major upset when they take on Algeria in the semi-final of the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Tuesday.
Niger yet to concede a goal in three matches will be at the Miloud Hadefi stadium in Oran are hoping to ambush the hosts who are the other team yet to concede since the start of the competition.
Though the hosts are unbeaten in their tournament and have home support, Kamilou who played for Algerian side JS Saoura between 2012-2013 and has a mastery of Niger football believes the giants killers can pick the hosts pocket as they did to Cameroon and Ghana.
“This Niger team plays with heart. Anything can happen on Tuesday. Those boys are confident. The last two games should be very motivating to the players. It’s true Algeria will be in front of their home fans but the Nigerien desire may make the difference,” Kamilou explained.
Algerians of all walks of life are expected to turn up at 5PM that Tuesday to push Madjid Bougherra’s team to a fifth win in the tournament, but Kamilou says the hosts struggled against Cote D’Ivoire, so the game against Niger will not be straightforward for the hosts.
“They can surprise everybody. We watched the quarter-final against Cote D’Ivoire, it was not a perfect team, so the Niger players can.
“Against Cameroon they showed that they are tactically organized. They completely wipe out Ngom. I believe they will do the same against Algeria. Niger have a huge chance of being in the final against Madagascar who are also a very mature side,” Kamilou who scored 10 goals in 35 appearances for his country opined.
The Cotonsport and Niger legend’s words about the team and Harouna Doula can’t be taken for granted as he worked with the coach in the national team between 2010-2013.
Niger are enjoying an amazing ride in the ongoing CHAN and Kamilou believes the side that has reached their first semi-final in four participation have something in common with the Niger side of 2010 which edged Egypt, Sierra Leone and South Africa to qualify for their first ever AFCON finals, in Angola.
“The mentality of the boys playing this CHAN have the same mentality like our generation of 2010. The generation than won the AFCON qualifiers group ahead of then African champions Egypt,” The Cotonsport and Cameroon league one all time top scorer concluded.
Algeria is keen on matching Morocco’s 2018 feat of hosting and winning the CHAN while Niger and the two other semi-finalists Senegal and Madagascar are hoping to become the new champion of the competition the Atlas Lions won back-to-back.
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