Ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers starting in October, the Super Eagles have been scheduled to play Mali and the national team of Luxe
mbourg in two international friendly matches in Europe in the next FIFA window.
The three-time African champions will take on Mali, ranked four places above them at 63, at the Stade Robert Diochon in Rouen, France on Friday, May 27, 2016.
Mali finished as runner-up at the Africa Cup of Nations in 1972, and took bronze medals at the finals in 2012 and 2013.
The Eagles of Mali have already qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals, having garnered 10 points from their first four matches of the qualification series, in a Group C that also has Equatorial Guinea, Benin Republic and South Sudan.
Nigeria Football Federation’s FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon, confirmed yesterday that the Super Eagles would then play Luxembourg in Luxembourg on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at a venue to be finalised in a few days time.
Meanwhile, Eagles’ Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf, is to lead the country for two friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg.
The Technical Committee of the NFF rose from their meeting wednesday in Abuja and recommended Yusuf to lead the Eagles for the two matches. He will be assisted by two coaches from the Premier League.
Yusuf, who recently visited Scotland to understudy the coach of Hearts FC, has been an assistant to Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh and was also involved with the recent arrangement led by caretaker coach Samson Siasia.
He has coached Enyimba and Kano Pillars.