The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Egypt in a pre-Africa Cup of Nations friendly game on March 26, next year, the Egyptian Football Association confirmed on Thursday.
Both Nigeria and the Pharaohs have already qualified for next year’s tournament to be staged in either Egypt or South Africa in June but they still have inconsequential final qualifying games to play in March.
The Super Eagles will host Seychelles in their final qualifying game on March 23, around the same time Egypt will be in Niamey to face Nigeria’s neighbours Niger Republic in their own final group game.
The Pharaohs will then travel to Nigeria immediately after the Niger game to face 2013 AFCON champions Nigeria in either of the Southern Nigeria cities Uyo or Asaba on March 26.
“The Egyptian Football Federation has received the approval of its Nigerian counterpart to hold a friendly match between the two countries’ teams in Nigeria on March 26 during the international break, which will be after the last national team game in the African nations qualifiers to Niger in Niger on 22, 23 and 24 March next year,” the Egypt FA confirmed on its official twitter handle on Thursday.
تلقى الاتحاد المصري لكرة القدم موافقة نظيره النيجيري على إقامة مباراة ودية بين منتخبي البلدين في نيجيريا يوم 26 مارس المقبل خلال فترة التوقف الدولية التي ستشهد أيضا آخر مباريات المنتخب الوطني في تصفيات الأمم الأفريقية أمام النيجر بالنيجر أحد أيام 22، 23، 24 مارس المقبل. pic.twitter.com/k9oLk5T9XC
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The news will come as some cheering piece for Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr who has solicited for top quality friendly matches for his side if they hope to make an appreciable impact at next year’s tournament.