CONFIRMED! Nigeria book Argentina friendly, game scheduled for November window

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The Argentine Football Association have announced a pre-World Cup friendly with three-time African champions Nigeria, ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The South American powerhouse will start their preparations for next summer’s showpiece with a high-profile exhibition match against Russia and then the Super Eagles with both games coming up in Russia.

The game against the Eagles is billed for November 14, and will be played at FC Krasnodar stadium which has a capacity of 34,291 spectators.

NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, disclosed at the weekend that nearly all arrangements have been concluded with regards to the big match, subject to approval by world football –ruling body, FIFA and agreeable flight arrangements.

Nigeria has faced Argentina in four of the five World Cups the Super Eagles have participated in since 1994, losing on each occasion by an odd goal.

In USA 94, Argentina, inspired by Diego Maradona, beat Nigeria 2-1 with Samson Siasia on target for the Africans, and Gabriel Batistuta scored the only goal in the 2002 World Cup, handing the Argentines another victory.

Seven years ago in South Africa, Gabriel Heinze’s sixth minute goal proved to be the winner in their opener against Nigeria, while Ahmed Musa bagged a brace in a 3-2 loss to the two-time world champions at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre in 2014.

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Ahmed Musa fires past Pablo Zabaleta to put the Super Eagles 2-1 up against Argentina at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Nigeria, however, recorded a 4-1 win over the Seleção in a friendly played at in Abuja in 2011, that proves to be the only victory against the top side.

Nigeria is expected to play Algeria in their final World Cup qualifying game on November 10 before flying out to Russia for such a rare Grade A friendly game.

The NFF, through its official match agent was waiting for the World Cup group draws on December 1, 2017 before they begin to make plans for pre-World Cup friendly games against Germany, Spain and Arrgentina.

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