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NFF Confirms Zimbabwe, Senegal Pre-AFCON Friendlies For Super Eagles

NFF Confirms Zimbabwe, Senegal Pre-AFCON Friendlies For Super Eagles

The Super Eagles will face the Warriors of Zimbabwe and Terangha Lions of Senegal in friendly games ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt next month, Completesports.com reports.

The three –time African champions will open camp in Asaba, capital of Delta State on 2nd June, ahead of the clash with the Warriors of Zimbabwe at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Saturday, 8th June.

Zimbabwe, who have in their ranks a globally–acknowledged talents like Knowledge Musona and Kharma Billiat, finished top of a qualifying group that included two-time African champions, Democratic Republic of Congo, a resurgent Liberia and 1972 AFCON winners, Congo Brazzaville.

The day after the match with the Warriors, the Super Eagles delegation will depart Asaba aboard a chartered flight for Ismailia, Egypt where they will set up a final training camp.


On Sunday, 16th June, the Eagles will file out against Africa’s number one –ranked team, Senegal at the Ismailia Stadium in their final tune–up game.

This is a match to look forward to, between Africa’s number one and number three –ranked teams, just few days to the kick off of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations.

“We have sealed the matches with the Warriors of Zimbabwe and the Lions of Teranga and these are two matches we are really looking forward to. There cannot possibly be a better way to get into the AFCON spirit than playing the number on –ranked team in Africa just before the finals begin,” President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Melvin Pinnick stated on Thursday.

His Senegalese counterpart, Augustine Senghor, stated: “We shall only have one friendly match against Nigeria as we prepare for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.”

Apart from being Africa’s number one –ranked team, the Lions of Teranga have in their ranks the revered Liverpool FC of England pointman Sadio Mane. They come up against a Nigeria side also brimming with talent, depth and creativity.

The day after the clash with Senegal, the Super Eagles’ delegation will move to Alexandria, venue of their Group B games. They take on Burundi on 22nd June, tackle Guinea on 26th June and confront Madagascar on 30th June.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Dr. Drey 4 years ago

    This is a fair arrangement. Not too stressful friendlies to set the mood heading into the competition. I’m sure Senegal too will be cautious at such a time in other not to over exert themselves.

  • Franklin 4 years ago

    Pls d training camp shd b in Uyo not Delta

  • Omo9ja 4 years ago

    Good plan without no direction. NFF has a strong plan for our national teams but the coaches were not taking the advantage of this opportunities. Most especially, coach Rohr. What did he learn so far? When it matter most, he failed.

    NFF have been spending millions of Naira on our sports which is a great development but it is quite unfortunate that the ability our coaches way far behind.

    I am begging NFF to also spend more money on our coaches to upgrade them, to expose them to see the real vision of the game so that they can deliver.

    Being a local or foreign coach does not matter but how to manage the coach to deliver is the issue.

    I am not against the friendlies but what the coach is going to learn or gain from it is the main issue. I wish our Super Eagles and the coach the best. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • The problem of se is the coach. Ror is not a good coah he is just an avrage coach he is good to coach the likes of zimbabwe.etiopia.angola. Etc. Not se shame to nff they have the money to empoy a world class coach but they will not. Amunike is even better. 2018 w/c really expose gr we have good players better than many players in se today. Uzoho. Akpeyi. Ajayi.shehu. are not se materials

    • darey 4 years ago

      Am sorry, which Ajayi are u referring to? I hope it’s not semilogo

  • Gr is not a coach