Nigeria, Ivory Coast To Play Friendly Football Match In London

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Elephants of Ivory Coast are to clash in a friendly game in London, England early next year.

According to Owngoal Nigeria, the friendly is being arranged in order to keep the Nigerian football team in shape ahead of the remaining Russia 2016 World Cup qualifiers.


NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, confirmed that talks are already at an advanced stage for the game in London.

We have lined up series of friendly games for the Super Eagles, already that of Egypt and Senegal is confirmed, and currently we at an advanced stage with Cote d’Ivoire,” he said.

The aim is to keep them fit for the upcoming World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Cameroon next year. We need games for our team to be in top shape for the tie.

We are leading the group but it’s just two games, so we don’t need to be carried away yet. We are leaving no stone unturned in our bid to be at the World Cup 2018 in Russia,” he added.

Ivory Coast are the current champions of Africa. They won the last edition of the African cup of nations in 2015 which was scheduled to be held in Morocco, but moved to Equatorial Guinea due to concerns about Ebola by the North African nation.