Their first was on March 11, 1976 against host Morocco. We know they're a good side but we have a strong team too.
"We wanted to allow others in the team to play as well".
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr admitted he expects a far tougher challenge against Algeria in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals than during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Nigeria have been crowned African champions in 1980, 1994 and 2013.
This isn't the first time Algerian authorities have arranged for the transportation of their football fans. "We need to show that again against Algeria and we will have a chance", he urged. They defeated Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania to top group c with nine points. They came through against Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties in their quarter-final following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
The Desert Foxes also boast of hugely talented and experienced players in captain, Riyad Mahrez, Yacine Brahimi, Sofiane Feghouli, Aissa Mandi and Islam Slimani that should worry any opponent.
President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick confirmed the kind gesture from the business moguls at the team's base in Cairo on Thursday.
However, the Super Eagles have also recovered from the Madagascar mishap to prove in words and deeds that they are also title contenders in Egypt.
And off the field, the Super Eagles are not lacking in motivation as dollars have continued to "fall" on the players for their inspiring performances.
However, the players earned nothing after they suffered a shock 2-0 defeat in their final group game against debutants Madagascar.
While Dangote made a pledge of $50,000 to the team for every goal in their remaining two matches at the championship, Otedola pledged $25,000 for every goal. "They were different players", recalled Belmadi.
The former Super Eagles midfielder told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the team could carry the day at the end of event if they remained focused.
The Eagles were beaten 2-0 by the Barea at Alexandria Stadium in their last Group B encounter nearly two weeks ago.
"It gives us the confidence but we will stay with a bit of humility and hopefully go on and win the game". They won thanks to a late goal by William Troost-Ekong to get $15,000.