Super Eagles To Play Argentina In Friendly
Nigeria and Argentina have both sealed their places at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and are already planning to face-off before the draws.
While the draw will be held in December, the Super Eagles and the Albiceleste will clash in a friendly on November 14.
The game between the three-time African champions and the two-time world champions will be played at the Krasnodar Arena Stadium in Russia.
“We have had long and fruitful talks, and we can say that we have an agreement. We await the approval by FIFA and also, we have to agree on the flight arrangements that would be comfortable for the players and crew,” says Nigeria Football Federation secretary Mohammed Sanusi.
“The match will come up on 14th November, four days after the Super Eagles’ final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match away to Algeria. We had offers from teams like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Morocco but we have opted for the Argentines,” Sanusi said.
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Nigeria will play Algeria in their final World Cup qualifier on November 10 in Blida in an inconsequential encounter.
Nigeria and Argentina played two high –profile friendly matches in 2011, the first in Abuja in June ending 4-1 in favour of the Super Eagles. The Albiceleste trumped the second encounter 3-1 in Dhaka, Bangladesh three months later.
Nigeria have had to confront Argentina in four of its previous five FIFA World Cup appearances, starting with a 1-2 defeat in Boston, USA in the African team’s debut in 1994.
Argentina won another group phase clash 1-0 in Ibaraki, Japan in 2002, won a similar encounter by the same margin in Johannesburg, South Africa eight years later and then edged the Eagles 3-2 in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2014.
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