Russia 2018 Friendly: Messi’s Argentina to face Nigeria next month

Russia 2018 Friendly: Messi’s Argentina to face Nigeria next month

1986 World Cup winners, Argentina are planning to face African giants Nigeria in a friendly in Russia next month.

Both countries have qualified for next year’s FIFA World Cup in the European nation and have a rich history of meeting, having faced each other four times at the FIFA World Cup, the South Americans winning on each occasion.

Reports in Buenos Aires scooped by reveal that the Argentine Football Association (AFA) are close to sealing an agreement with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for a November 14 date in Krasnodar.

The Eagles in the dance of joy in Uyo.

With the South American World Cup qualifiers over, the Albiceleste will schedule two matches in Russia for next month, first on Saturday November 11 against World Cup hosts Russia at the Luzhnikí stadium in Moscow and three days later against Nigeria.

The November 14 date favours the Nigerians who will wrap up their qualifying schedule on Friday, November 10 away to Algeria. The last time Nigeria faced Argentina in a friendly match was in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2011, a game the Argentines won 3-1.

The Argentines are said to favour a match-up with the Super Eagles because both Nigeria and Russia have already qualified for the World Cup and so meets the requirement set by Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli for the upcoming international window.

The group stage draws for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will hold on December 1 in Moscow with bookmakers already predicting another Argentina vs Nigeria match-up.

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