Nigeria To Play Portugal In A Worldwide Friendly

by Echezona obinna

According to ANAEDOONLINE.NG, Nigeria will play host to Portugal in a September international friendly. Portugal won the 2016 European Championship.

Muhammad Sanusi, the secretary general of the Nigerian Football Federation, disclosed this.

Initially, Guinea Bissau and the three-time African champions were slated to compete in a pair of Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches during the FIFA break.

But with the qualifiers postponed until March 2023 by the Confederation of African Football last month, the NFF are busy arranging a grade A friendly for the Eagles.

According to Sanusi, discussion with the Portuguese FA for the friendly game between Nigeria and Portugal is in top gear.


“We are working on arranging a grade A friendly game with Portugal ahead of next FIFA window,” Sanusi told ANAEDOONLINE.NG

“Following the postponement of the AFCON a friendly game is necessary for the Eagles.

“Arrangements are in full gear and we are close to finalising the details. Once that is done a statement will be released by the Nigeria Football Federation.”

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It will be the first time that Nigeria and Portugal will meet at the senior level even though both countries played against each other three times at the U-20 World Cup with Portugal winning all three meetings (twice in 1989 and 2013).

Coincidentally, Cristiano Ronaldo and his team are in the same group with Ghana, who beat Nigeria to the World Cup ticket after playing a 1-1 draw with Nigeria at the Moshood Abiola stadium in Abuja in March.



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