Ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying matches, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has mapped out plans for two FIFA Grade A friendly matches for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, scheduled for London in June 2016.
The Super Eagles failed in their bid to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon as the team lost 1 – 0 to the Pharaohs in the second-leg of the qualifiers against Egypt, following a strike by Ramadan Sobhy.
As a result, focus will now be to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and the NFF president Amaju Pinnick has disclosed that the federation would utilize the two FIFA windows in June to bring the Super Eagles players together ahead of the qualifying matches for the World Cup.
It was revealed that there is an intensified discussion with London-based agent, who is expected to confirm the two top European countries for the friendly matches in the coming weeks. It is expected that by mid-April, the countries which Nigeria would play in London would be made known to the public as soon as the deal is sealed.
“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,” he said. The NFF, like most Nigerians, are still mourning the Super Eagles’ failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final competition, following a 1 – 0 defeat by seven-time African champions Egypt in Alexandria on Tuesday March 29, 2016.