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Update: Super Eagles To Face Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia In Friendly In October 

Update: Super Eagles To Face Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia In Friendly In October 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia in friendlies in October billed for Austria, Completesports.com reports.

This was confirmed by president of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick in a statement released on the football body’s verified Twitter handle on Wednesday.

According to Pinnick, the Eagles will take on Cote d’Ivoire on 9th October before facing Tunisia four days later.

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He also gave the reason why both friendly games will take place in Austria.

“On the 9th of October, the Super Eagles will play former African champions, Cote D’Ivoire in a friendly game, then face another African giant and former champions Tunisia, four days later, on the 13th.

“Both games will be held in Austria for a few obvious reasons. Due to the COVID-19 protocols presently in place and the proximity of the bulk of our team as well, Austria was seen as an ideal venue. 

“I’ll have to stress as well, that ALL costs will be borne by the Football Federations of both Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire, as well as Tunisia.”

The last time the Super Eagles faced Cote d’Ivoire was also in a friendly game in 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Parading stars like Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Gervinho, Serge Aurier and Eric Bailly, the Ivorians beat an home-based Eagle side 1-0 thanks to a Salomon Kalou’s 84th minute goal.

While the Eagles and Tunisia last met in the third-placed match at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt which the Eagles won 1-0.

On the vacant position of the Technical Director, appointment of coaches for the Super Falcons, the men and women junior national teams, the new deal signed by the LMC and vacant position of the CEO for the league, Amaju said:”On the vacant positions in Nigerian football, I’m hopeful that a Technical Director will be announced soon, as we are still having extensive consultations.

“With regards to a Coach for the Super Falcons, Africa’s biggest female football team, Phillips Consulting, in charge of the recruitment process, are putting finishing touches to it and a Coach will be announced soon. This also applies to Coaches for the different cadres of our National Teams.

“I’d like to ask that you tarry with us a while.”

“On the home scene, we have been working diligently to develop the league and I’m happy to say the League Management Company has signed a massive deal with a reputable organisation that should see the clubs and the league get empowered. 

“Also, the vacant position of the Chief Executive Officer for the league has been filled and will be announced in the coming days.”

Also on the new NIKE kit for the country’s national teams:”A few days ago, top members of the NFF Executive Committee had a vrtual meeting with NIKE, our kit makers, with regards to the new kits for the 2022 World Cup and all I can say now is: Wow.

“The new designs are truly beautiful and will thrill the world again. Sincerely I cannot wait to see our male and female teams adorn them.”

Pinnick added:”Now, let me use this opportunity to thank the members of the NFF Executive Committee.  They have not only become friends but they are now more than family to me. Collectively, we labour to improve the fortunes of football in Nigeria. 

“To members of the Congress, I’d like to say a hearty “Thank You” as well. They not only support the drive but the mission, vision and direction of the Board. I cannot thank them enough.

“To the Ministry of Youth and Sport Development and the Honourable Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare; thank you, boss. Your direction is flawless.

“To both Sport Committees in the National Assembly, we are indeed grateful for your guidance and immeasurable support.

“I’d also like to thank the Federal Government of Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari. The support for our work, football and sports in general is truly wonderful.

“To our sponsors; thank you. Without you, I truly wonder where we would be now.

“AITEO in particular; I doff my hat Thank you.”

By James Agberebi 

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  • SAMUEL ONYEIWU 10 months ago

    Good One.I cant wait to see Dessers and Osimhen partnership

    • Except if we play 3-5-2 or 4-4-2. Rohr likes to play 4-2-3-1, so it might not happen

    • JimmyBall 10 months ago

      … Simmy Nwankwo to me is a better striker than Dessers. He is a striker conversant with the ruggedity of African football but somehow he is not given his dues because he plays for small teams. In Gil Vicente he ploughed 14goals in his last season of 2015/2016 and has been consistent in Italy. At best Dutch Eredivisie equates Serie B… I think Osimhen and Simmy needs to be mentioned in same breath. So if we are looking for partnership islt should be the two first before other options. It’s easy to compare both now because they will be tested in same waters of Serie A this season.

    • Greenturf 10 months ago

      Dessers has not done well enough in the current season to get an invite to the super eagles at least not yet.

      In a league like the juliper you expect at least two goals in four games but he has managed only one penalty goal in as many games.

      In my opinion he is yet to prove his mettle and should wait for his invite when he start scoring in the Belgian league!

      • Collins id 10 months ago

        @greenturf, forget that yeye genk players, they dont creat good chances and they dont understand desser,s quick moves. I think the belgium league is overated its not in anyway better than the netherland league. Dessers shouldnt have left holand for belgium it was a step back. If he play with the eagles i am sure he will have more scoring chances and trust me the guy will score for us.

  • olabode Samuel 10 months ago

    Please give equal attention the age grade teams as you are giving to the National Teams. the age-grade is the bed-rock of the National Teams. Give us now the names of the National Team Coaches and stop procrastinating. Time is not on our side. We are still going to play zonal qualifier at Burkina-Faso for U20 Team and Togo for U17 team and we will meet Ghana, Ivory coast are already preparing. Hurry time is going. Rohr is not the only one saddle with the responsibility of developing players. Development of football starts from good, prompt and timely decision making not delay decision. Please release the names of the Under-age Coaches for earnest preparation. Thanks

  • SAMUEL ONYEIWU 10 months ago

    @jimmyball,there are some players that are more of club players than national team players.You don’t need to be given 10 chances to prove your worth.Just a chance you are given should prove your worth on the pitch.There are many players in the super eagles striking line waiting for opportunity to come.

    To me Dessers should be tried before introducing simy Nwankwo to any match for now.

    • JimmyBall 10 months ago

      … @Samuel. I don’t think Simmy has done too badly with SE. He has not even played up to 5games if I am not wrong…

  • NFF,we are tired of playing against African countries

    • We will only face African countries in competition until 2022 world cup thats for a whole 2 years.

      It makes sense to play African countries in friendlies so that we can see how the boys do against the very countries they will be in competition with. No point playing Poland or Uruguay or Portugal now, if it does not prepare us for facing Rep Of Benin, Central African Republic or Liberia.

  • DavidLarry 10 months ago

    NFF,we are tired of watching our team play against African countries.

    • It’s hard to get top countries to play with because of this Covid19

    • It makes a lot of sense to play against African teams now for friendlies since we are preparing for a double header against an African opposition.At the right time we’ll play friendlies against teams from other continents.

  • Chairmanfemi 10 months ago

    Considering the fact that we’re playing A double-header African qualifiers the following month (November), This friendly is Ok for me. This teams also are among the Top 10 in Africa. Cote d’ivoire with Crystal Palace ZAHA, Eric Baily, Serge aurier, Gervinho still available, Skillful Max Gredel and many more, it’s always going to be a tough tie. Tunisia, A decent side but not better than our Super Eagles to me and how they’ve been ranked above us in the FIFA Rankings till date still baffles me. Hopefully we’ll beat them well so we can climb the ladder to either First in Africa or Second at least.

    A lot of our Super Eagles players I noticed liked the Official Announcement on NFF IG page which signals that the boys are also ready and have missed the International scene. They just can’t wait. So I foresee competition for slots now tougher because everyone will want to prove his mettle in their respective clubs now.

    In the Coming days, we will all be suggesting names to be invited but I’ll like to drop my dream squad to face Ivory Coast in our preferred 4-2-3-1 formation;


    Ola Aina



    Ehizibue in for Ola Aina
    Iwobi in for Ejaria while Aribo falls back
    Mikel Agu in for Ndidi
    Dessers in for Oshimen
    Musa in for Chukwueze

    • Ademu Friday 10 months ago

      Great games for the eagles. I can’t wait for these matchups.

    • And Where does Kelechi Iheanacho and Nwakali, (mind you Nwakali will be a starter for Super Eagles) fit into all this your Keyboard coaches line ups???. By the time that game comes Iheanacho and Nwakali would have cemented their places in their club and so doing will be in the SE team. Please Iheanacho is a much better player than your Dresssers you people keep hyping on the forum. And also I think its time Musa gets dropped hopefully Bukayo Saka would have come to his senses by then. as well Henry Onyekuru is also starting to find form at Monaco he should be considered above Ahmed Musa.

    • Also don’t ever Suggest that We sub Ndidi off and bring on Mikel Agu.. a whole Wilfred Ndidi. I have started to see the problem with this forum is that some people don’t respect our STARS as much as the world does, Ndidi a whole engine must be replaced by Agu. lolzz

      • Chairmanfemi 10 months ago

        I don’t understand how some people can be soooo SICK and deluded that they can’t read and comprehend.

        I said “MY DREAM SQUAD”…Abeg is my MY your MY?? If you’re not Ok with My own predictions why not write yours?? Abi your hand is so daft that it can’t type?? Coming here to dare me to do this and that is just funny. I never said Coach Rohr is following my line up, so why are you all bothered

  • Olusegun.B. 10 months ago

    Playing friendly matches with African teams is ok. That will build them up . I hope one day a friendly match with the Portugese team , having Cristiano Ronaldo in that team would be a spectacular match

  • Collins id 10 months ago

    Nice one. I don dey jones for eagles game since november. Mehn nice to see them back. Oga rohr nothing less than 3 0 for both opponents. Expecialy ivorycoast we need to give them some welcome back lesson. Osimehn kalu chukueze iwobi and aribobo still remain my favorite starters. In the last 4 games for the eagles all these 5 players scored for us, and they deserve retaining their starting shirt. For those anti kalu and iwobi, u cant compare premier league and french league to championship and russia league!(let a tree fall down first before u put fire) last four game for eagles iwobi assisted 2 and scored one. Kalu in his last three games assisted 1 and scored a very important 1. I dont see why they will not be ahead of others. All thesame rohr knows better. I wish naija best of lucks

    • Man koko 10 months ago

      Hahahahahaha @ Collin I’d, my guy I can see ur believe and confidence in a man( d coach) who assiduously performing his duty diligently. For u to say that u are expecting nothing less than 3:0 from d two friendly shows that u appreciates someone’s good effort undermining d circumstances. I knew that u can’t have this kind of confidence in our team during those days we were labelled and called SUPER CHICKEN,that couldn’t qualified for afcon consecutively, what an insult then. Pls help me tell some of our colleagues here to learn how to appreciate someone’s efforts so that d Almighty God will open our hustling. U cannot bewitching someone or have bad belle for someone’s progress and except ur own to progress…..no way. The coach has his own faults likewise all of us but he’s giving us results, a lot of improvement and that’s what matters. Don’t expect our team to play like Bayern, Liverpool or even Barcelona and at end we’ll continue loosing matches….. haaabaa!!
      Pls let’s allow d good work to continue till after d world cup.
      Once again, i thank you @ Collins id for ur understanding.

  • The last friendly match Ukraine and Brazil not Africa country. Why you say tire to play Africa country friendly, beside that playing Africa country is good for now

  • And Where does Kelechi Iheanacho and Nwakali, (mind you Nwakali will be a starter for Super Eagles) fit into all this your Keyboard coaches line ups???. By the time that game comes Iheanacho and Nwakali would have cemented their places in their club and so doing will be in the SE team. Please Iheanacho is a much better player than your Dresssers you people keep hyping on the forum. And also I think its time Musa gets dropped hopefully Bukayo Saka would have come to his senses by then. as well Henry Onyekuru is also starting to find form at Monaco he should be considered above Ahmed Musa.

  • Please, for any reason we do not need Phillip Billing in our SE now, I learnt he wants to come back, but I do not want him to relegate our Team like he has done Bournemouth and Huddlesfield ooo

    Keep Phillip away from SE is a task