Lagos, Jan. 11, 2018 (TNE) The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed that the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles will play against England at the Wembley stadium on June 2.
The Federation’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, said in a statement that the match will serve as the Eagles final preparatory game for the FIFA Wrold Cup finals in Russia.
He said the team will play their first World Cup match against Croatia two weeks later.
Olajire quoted NFF`s first Vice President and Chairman of the Federation`s Organising Committee, Seyi Akinwumi, as saying that the match has been confirmed.
“The match is now confirmed. We have been doing a lot of work in the background, even going back last year.
“Now, we are happy to say that it is all sealed. Certainly, it is going to be a big match between two countries of remarkable historical affirnity and similarities.
“We have other matches and programmes for the team, and we will soon roll out the entire plan for matches, camping sites and training camps, Akinwumi said.
Olajire said that the idea of a friendly game between England and Nigeria in the present dispensation was first mooted in 2015, when NFF President Amaju Pinnick met with then Chairman of The FA, Greg Dyke in London.
Afterwards, Pinnick and NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko (who is also Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights Committee)) met with incumbent Chairman of The FA, Greg Clarke, also in London.
Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr said, “This is good news for myself and the entire team. England is a very strong team presently and I believe they will give us a very good match. We will be able to test our readiness for the World Cup when we meet the Three Lions at Wembley.”
Nigeria is in Group D with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.
The Super Eagles already have a confirmed date with Poland in Warsaw on March 23.