Spanish top flight team Atletico Madrid will play a friendly match in Uyo against the Nigerian Super Eagles. The fixture was announced Thursday in Lagos at a press conference involving the relevant parties: LaLiga delegate in Nigeria, Javier del Rio, Vice President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick; President of Nigerian Professional Football League, Shehu Dikko; General Manager Sales & Marketing Multichoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho; and General Manager Supersport Nigeria, Felix Awogu, as well as LaLiga Broadcaster GOtv.
This landmark announcement signals the first time that a LaLiga team will travel to Nigeria to play in a friendly match. The historic contest will take place thanks to SuperSport, the LaLiga broadcaster in most African countries, while both LaLiga and the Nigerian Football Federation have been heavily involved in organising the event.
Prominent video entertainment company MultiChoice Nigeria, the provider of digital terrestrial television platform GOtv, is bringing leading Spanish outfit Atletico to Nigeria for a special visit and to play in the maiden edition of the GOtv MAX Cup.
The fixture, which will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, will allow Nigerian fans to enjoy an array of some of the stars of the world’s best league up close, and watch one of its most iconic clubs, Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s side have been one of the best-performing teams this season and sit in second place in the table.
Extrasportsnigeria.com learnt on authority that the Spanish side will play a Nigerian team made up mainly of the CHAN Eagles – national players from the domestic league.