The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is planning an international friendly on November 14, between the Nigeria’s Super Eagles and La Albiceleste of Argentina, subject to FIFA’s approval.
According to the NFF’s General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, the match fixed for the Russian city of Krasnodar, will see the three-time African champions and two-time world champions slug it out in the high-profile game.
Nigeria have had previous friendly encounters with Argentina in 2011, with the matches held in Abuja ending 4-1 in favour of Super Eagles, and the return match that took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s, ending 3-1 in favour the Argentine as compensation to their earlier loss in Abuja.
The NFF’s General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi further stated that, “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”.
“The match will come up on November 14th, 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.
Nigeria will face Argentina in a friendly at Krasnodar Stadium on Tuesday, November 14. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Saturday confirmed the fixture, which will mark the first meeting between the two sides since Argentina’s 3-2 win at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre on June 25, 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage.
Both Nigeria and Argentina has qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup scheduled for Russia; while Argentina qualified for Russia on the final day of the South American qualification campaign, Nigeria sealed her place with one outstanding.
The NFF’s FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon of Eurodata Sport, who also organised the friendly matches with the Argentines in 2011, and has been working hard for various Nigerian national teams in the areas of training camps and friendly games since 2009, told thenff.com: “We are very pleased to be able to deliver such a high-profile game to celebrate the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup qualification.
“It was a lot of work over the past weeks, but we are happy this has become reality. We will, in due course, reveal the Nigerian sponsor of the match, who will have the match rights in Nigeria.”