Nigeria in talks for Egypt friendly

Officials of the Nigeria Football Federation have confirmed they are holding talks with their Egyptian counterparts over the possibility of playing a pre-World Cup friendly. The ultimate plan is to have the match played in Abuja before the Super Eagles travel to Russia for the World Cup.

The General Secretary of the NFF, Mohammed Sanusi, said one of the countries Nigeria is targeting is Egypt but as of December 13 no decision had been finalized.

He said, “We’re looking at three countries. We want to play in Abuja. We haven’t finalized, but Egypt is one of them.”

Sanusi, gave the details at NFF’s 2018 budget defence with the House of Representatives Committee on Sports. NFF president Amaju Pinnick on a different platform also confirmed that the Eagles would face an unnamed team on May 27 as part of their preparations for the World Cup. The Polish Federation during the week announced that their national team would play a friendly with Nigeria on March 23. The 42,000 capacity Municipal Stadium is likely to host the game.

Nigeria lost 1-0 to Egypt in an African Nations Cup qualifier held at El Arab Stadium on March 29, 2016.