Nigeria To Battle High Profile Opponents As Warm Up For 2019 AFCON

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Following the draws for the 2019 Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in Cairo, Egypt yesterday, the Super Eagles of Nigeria are scheduled to play two warm-up games against two high profile African teams.

The first of the fixture will be played in Asaba at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Delta State, while the second match will be played in Egypt prior to the tournament’s kick-off.

Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr made the disclosure on Friday immediately after the draws, going further to reveal the second team the three-time African champions will face.

“We will make good preparation. I think we will have two friendlies – one against Ghana in Nigeria and the second one here in Egypt,” Rohr stated.

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and AFCON Committee, Amaju Pinnick also disclosed that the Super Eagles will camp in Cairo, Egypt in order for the team to familiarise with the terrain and climate.

Rohr also confirmed the NFF President’s statement adding that the second friendly, which will be played in Egypt, could be against Senegal who are top of the CAF Ranking according to FIFA’s latest ranking.

“Because we are coming [for the tournament] a week before [kickoff], we will do the second friendly against probably Senegal here in Egypt,”

Nigeria and Ghana managed to avoid a clash in Friday night’s draw for the upcoming Nations Cup in Egypt.

The Super Eagles are seeded top in Group B where they were drawn against two first-timers, Burundi and Madagascar, and Guinea who are making their 12th appearance.