Confirmed: Super Eagles to Play Scotland in May

Nigeria will play Scotland in an international friendly scheduled for Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground, authorities have confirmed.

The game comes up May 28, six days before the World Cup warm-up match against Brazil-bound Greece in Philadelphia, USA.

“This game provides big opportunities for the coaches, players and fans of the Super Eagles,” Jairo Pachon of Eurodata, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)’s official match agent, told BBC Sport.

“Playing Scotland at the end of several European leagues should help the players get to London easily.

John  Ogu Celebrates Scoring Against Mexico in a Friendly in the USA.
John Ogu Celebrates Scoring Against Mexico in a Friendly in the USA.

“It’s also an important opportunity for the coach to see some players before their big camp in the United States.

“Significantly, it will enable the Nigerian community in the UK and across Europe to see the team before the World Cup in Brazil.”

The Super Eagles take on the El Tricolor of Mexico in Atlanta, USA, on Wednesday.

They play Greece on June 3 and then the USA in Jacksonville, Florida on 7 June.

All matches are part of the nation’s build-up for a fifth appearance on the biggest stage in world football.

Nigeria last met Scotland in another World Cup- Korea/Japan 2002- warm-up, when the then coach Adeboye Onigbinde-led lads came from behind to win 2-1 in Aberdeen.

The African champions have been pitted against Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran in Group F of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.