Algeria defender Aissa Mandi has expressed optimism that they have what it takes to defeat the Super Eagles in Saturday’s FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo.

The Algerians trail the Eagles by two points in their qualifying group after they drew 1-1 at home against Cameroon on Matchday 1.

“We will challenge to win and we are confident of our capabilities and our goal is to return with a positive result,” Mandi, who plays for Real Betis, told Algiers-based newspaper Ech-Chaab.

“We are professional players and we have expertise and experience that will help us to make a difference especially since our opponents (Nigeria) play beautiful football and this means that the level will be good and we will try and use our opportunities.”

Mandi who represented Algeria at the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup stated that they will try to avoid previous mistakes while hoping to give new coach Georges Leekens the best start as Algeria coach.

“Hopefully we will not commit the mistakes we made against Cameroon and also give our all for the new coach.”

Meanwhile fearsome duo Riyadh Mahrez and Islam Slimani have warned Nigerians to expect to see them at their best. Speaking to local reporters before hitting Uyo for the Epic Clash, The leicester City duo and teammates of Ahmed Musa stated clearly that they will give the Nigerian Defence the fight of thier lives in a bid to ensure The super eagles do not have it all their way on Saturday..

Algeria must not lose the game if they wish to be in contention to qualify for Russia.

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