Vanguardngr– The inability to have a full squad has forced Algeria’s coach, Georges Leekens to rejig his strategy and possibly field a somewhat revamped team against the Super Eagles in today’s 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Uyo.
Algeria are indeed handicapped by a high number of absentees due to injuries for the match that they need to win to get their World Cup campaign back on track With the likes of Ryad Boudebouz, Hilal Soudani, Rachid Ghezzal and Faouzi Ghoulam ruled out of the game because of injuries, Leekens is aware that his side face an herculean task against the Nigerians, who top the group with three points after their 2-1 away win against Zambia in Ndola.
The Belgian coach was previously, dealt a blow when Adam Unas of Bordeaux opted out of today’s g ame because of an injury sustained in last weekend’s Ligue I match against Marseille The same sad fate befell USM Algers’ central defender Nacereddine Khoualed, who suffered a broken fibula in the Algerian Super Cup on November 1.
These unexpected incidents, seem to have pushed Leekens to review his strategy, with a view to getting a good result against the Eagles. In the absence of key actors like Ghezzal, Boudebouz and Soudani, Leekens intends to deploy Baghdad Bounedjah of Al-Sadd, Arsenal’s Ishmael Bennacer, Lille’s Yassine Benzia and Sofiane Bendebka of NA Hussein Dey).
Despite the precarious situation facing the Desert Foxes, Leekens said he was considering many alternatives to outwit the Eagles, including taking the game to the Nigerians. Since his return to head the Desert Foxes, Leekens, who has been confronted with a myriad of problems, has resorted to using his wealth of experience to guide the Algerians out of Nigeria unscathed. “The objective is to win but it is not going to be easy, but we must fight for the points at stake against Nigeria”, Leekens told the Algerian Press Service.