Algeria and Nimes defender Liassine Bentaiba Cadamuro has opined that the Super Eagles will be competitive when they face the Algerian National Team on Friday, even though they have already qualified for the World Cup.
The Desert Foxes will square off with Nigeria in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group B match on Friday.
Kick-off is at 21h30 CAT.
The encounter will take place at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui in the Algerian city of Constantine.
The Desert Foxes have already failed to qualify for the finals after recording one draw and four defeats in Group B.
Algeria are placed fourth on Group B standings ahead of their last final match in the qualifying campaign.
The North African giants, who will finish fourth in Group B, were beaten 2-0 by Cameroon away in their previous group match last month.
“Qualification for the World Cup has not been achieved, but this match against Nigeria will serve us to prepare for the next African Cup of Nations,” Cadamuro said to Le Buteur.
“Nigeria qualified and had a very good playoff phase. I do not think, however, that they will come as tourists, even if they are sure to finish first in the group.
“It’s up to us to prepare well this week in order to approach the meeting. We should not take this game lightly.”
Cadamuro was a non-playing substitute when the Super Eagles beat Algeria 3-1 on match day two of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in November 2016.
Meanwhile, Nigeria have already booked their place in next year’s finals after winning Group B last month.
The Super Eagles are sitting at the top of the group having registered four wins and one draw.
The West African giants secured a 1-0 home win over Zambia in their previous group encounter.
Referee Eric Otogo-Castane, who hails from Gabon, will be in charge of the match between Algeria and Nigeria.