Super Eagles To Play Ivory Coast, Tunisia In Austria

The Super Eagles will play two friendly matches in October against African powerhouses Ivory Coast and Tunisia, Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick confirmed on Tuesday.

Both matches will be played in Austria with the Eagles taking on Ivory Coast on 9 October before lining up against Tunisia four days later.

Pinnick who announced the news on Twitter said the choice of Austria for both friendlies is ideal due to Covid-19 protocols and because of the proximity the country offers Nigeria’s national team players the bulk of whom are based in Europe.

The cost of staging the match in Austria will be borne completely by all three teams Pinnick said.

The NFF president said “finishing touches” are being put to the recruitment processes for a new Technical Director for the Federation and head coaches for the Super Falcons and Nigeria’s age-grade teams with an announcement of the selected candidates imminent.

Pinnick also confirmed that a new Chief Executive has been appointed for the League Management Company who will put out a release announcing the development soon.

The NFF president also confirmed that the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has signed “a massive deal with a reputable organisation that should see the club and the league get empowered.

The deal as described by the LMC is a five-year commercial partnership with UK-based firm RedStrike to market the NPFL.

Under the terms of the deal, live league matches will be streamed via a bespoke platform created for the NPFL called as well as through other media channels.

Both parties may renew the deal for a further five years if certain milestones are met, the LMC said.

It is not known how this arrangement affects the LMC’s deal with NEXT TV with whom the LMC entered a similar agreement last year.