Friendly: Super Eagles To Take On Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal In September
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal in an international friendly in September, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Secretary General, Muhammad Sanusi.
Though, there is no official statement from the NFF or the Portuguese Football Federation.
Sanusi said the game is expected to hold in September, as the NFF wants to take advantage of the FIFA window following the postponement of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers till March next year.
Also, Sanusi stated that Eagles coach Jose Peseiro is involved in the arrangement of the friendly with Portugal.
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Hinting about the friendly match, Sanusi said, “We are all aware that qualifiers were fixed for September but because of the change of date of the AFCON qualifiers which has been moved to next year March, therefore the NFF has made it a duty to always use the FIFA window to play quality friendly matches with the aim of keeping the team in good shape.
“That’s why we use the contact and connection of our coach (Jose) Peseiro who is a Portuguese to arrange a quality-friendly match with the Portuguese national team.“
Nigeria and Portugal have never clashed at the senior level but both countries met three times at the U-20 World Cup with Portugal winning all three meetings (twice in 1989 and 2013).
Portugal will take on Eagles’ rivals Black Stars of Ghana in the group stage at this year’s World Cup in Qatar.