Ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying matches, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will play two grade A friendly matches in June, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced.
According to the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, who disclosed this information recently in Abuja, the games are important to put the team in shape ahead of the qualifying matches for the next FIFA World Cup.
Recall that Pinnick last week, announced that the football body will turn their attention to the 2018 World Cup in Russia following the Super Eagles failed bid to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon.
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It was learnt that the venue for the friendly games will be in London, and that the NFF president has been in constant contact with the London-based agent who has given him hopes of securing two top grade A countries for the matches in the coming weeks.
Pinnick said: “One obvious thing is that the two friendly matches are slated for London in June. We have opened discussions with some top European countries for the two FIFA window dates and I am convinced that they are responding positively.
“The choice of London for the friendly matches is because it is centrally located and the federation will not find it difficult to assemble the players,” the NFF boss added.
Three-time champions, Nigeria, failed to qualify for the 2017 AFCON in Gabon, after the team lost 1-0 to Egypt in the second-leg of the qualifiers, in Alexandria on Tuesday March 29, following a second-half strike from by Ramadan Sobhy.