The Nigeria Football Federation has concluded plans for friendly games for the Super Eagles as they prepare for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in June and the resumption of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in August.
The Eagles will plat the Teranga Lions of Senegal in London on March 23 and then take on Burkina Faso four days later as they maximise the Fifa window next month.
Senegal, who lost in the quarterfinal at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and Burkina Faso who made the semifinals will provide a stern test for Gernot Rohr’s men who failed to qualify for the competition. To date, Nigeria haven’t played any games in 2017.
Super Eagles Media Officer Toyin Ibitoye told supersport.com that the friendly games in the March window have been finalised after a bit of concern on which teams the Eagles will face. “Both games will be in London and it will provide us with a stern test as we prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers. We had a few teams in mind but we have finally received confirmation for Senegal and Burkina Faso. The Ghana deal didn’t work presumably because they don’t have a coach now after Avram Grant resigned.
“But all has been settled now, Senegal and Burkina Faso will be the two teams the Eagles will face in the March Fifa window,” he added.
Nigeria are top of Group B of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers with six points from two matches. The Super Eagles will also do battle with South Africa, Libya and Seychelles for a spot at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.