Nigeria to face England in top friendly match in London

Nigeria to face England in top friendly match in London

- Super Eagles of Nigeria will face England on June 2, 2018 in a friendly game

- Both countries will use the encounter to prepare for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

- The last time both teams met was in 2002 in Japan, and it ended goalless

Nigeria Football Federation have confirmed that a prestige friendly match between the Super Eagles and England’s Three Lions will take place at the Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

The match will be only the third between both countries at senior level and will serve as the Super Eagles’ final preparatory game for the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia with their first match against Croatia in Kaliningrad coming exactly two weeks after.

NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the Federation’s Organizing Committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi explained that the Federation had been doing a lot of work in the background even going back to last year.

Nigeria to face England in top friendly match in London

Nigeria to face England in top friendly match in London

“Now, we are happy to say that it is all sealed. Certainly, it is going to be a big match between two countries of remarkable historical affinity and similarities.

“We have other matches and programs for the team, and we will soon roll out the entire plan for matches, camping sites and training camps.” he explained to NFF website.

The idea of a friendly game between England and Nigeria in the present dispensation was first mooted in 2015 when NFF President Amaju Pinnick met with then Chairman of The FA, Greg Dyke in London.

Afterwards, Pinnick and NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko who is also Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights Committee met with incumbent Chairman of The FA Greg Clarke, also in London.

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Nigeria and England first clashed at senior level on 16th November, 1994 also at the old Wembley Stadium in which David Platt’s headed goal towards the end of the first half separated both teams.

Both teams met again at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The encounter at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan on 12th June 2002 ended 0-0 with the Super Eagles been eliminated from the finals at the group stage.

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Source: Naija.ng

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