Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez has predicted that the Super Eagles will be up there with Africa’s best in two years if the core of the team is kept together.
Speaking with SportingLife, the Manchester City midfielder urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and other football stakeholders to continue to support the team.
Mahrez converted a 94th-minute free-kick to land his country in the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at the expense of Nigeria who lost 2-1.
However, Mahrez insists he saw potential in Gernot Rohr’s men.
“Nigeria team is very good and very strong too. They will be better in the next two years or so if they are given more chance. They will be up there again,” Mahrez said.
On the late winner, the former Leicester City forward said, “In my mind, I was just thinking to score.
“It was a very good free-kick for me as a left-footer. I think we deserve to win and we are very happy.”
Mahrez’s Algeria take on Senegal in the final of Africa’s biggest football competition on Friday in Cairo.
While the Desert Foxes, African champions in 1990, are in the final for the first time after 29 years, the Senegalese, who have never won the title, are in their second final after losing to Cameroon on penalties in the 2002 tournament in Mali.