According to The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in Abuja already confirmed a date for the friendly between The Super Eagles and England’s Three Lions. The match is planned for June 2 at the Wembley Stadium in London.
The Super Eagles also have a confirmed date with Poland the 1974 and 1982 World Cup bronze medalists, in Warsaw on March 23, with other dates being March 27 and May 27.
Poland plays Senegal, Colombia and Japan in Group H in Russia.
In a statement by the federation’s Communications Department Seyi Akinwunmi, NFF’s First Vice President and Chairman of the Federation’s Organising Committee disclosed this:
“The match is now confirmed. We had been doing a lot of work in the background, even going back to 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 affinity 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,’’ he said in the statement.
Akinwunmi added that the NFF decided to be strategic in its choice of opponents for the Super Eagles leading to the World Cup.
“We will be able to test our readiness for the World Cup when we meet the Three Lions at Wembley.”
The match will be only the third between both countries at senior level, and will serve as the Super Eagles’ final preparatory game for the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.
The Eagles play Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D, while England is up against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G at Russia 2018.
According to The News Agency of Nigeria the Eagles first game at the world cup in Russia 2018 in Kaliningrad against Croatia would be exactly two weeks after the friendly with England.
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