NFF Confirm England Vs Super Eagles Wembley Friendly, Rohr Excited

NFF Confirm England Vs Super Eagles Wembley Friendly, Rohr Excited

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is delighted after the Nigeria Football Federation confirmed that a friendly match between the Super Eagles and England’s Three Lions will take place at the Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday, 2 June, 2018.

The Nigeria Football Federation announced the friendly in a press release on Wednesday and confirmed that it will serve as the Super Eagles’ final preparatory game for the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia, with their first match against Croatia in Kaliningrad coming exactly two weeks after.

NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the Federation’s Organizing Committee, Seyi Akinwunmi, told thenff.com on Tuesday: “The match is now confirmed. We had been doing a lot of work in the background, even going back to last year.

“Now, we are happy to say that it is all sealed. Certainly, it is going to be a big match, between two countries of remarkable historical affinity and similarities.

“We have other matches and programmes for the team, and we will soon roll out the entire plan for matches, camping sites and training camps.”

According to the NFF, the idea of a friendly game between England and Nigeria was first mooted in 2015, when NFF President Amaju Pinnick met with then Chairman of The FA Greg Dyke in London. Afterwards, Pinnick and NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko (who is also Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights Committee)) met with incumbent Chairman of The FA, Greg Clarke, also in London.

Rohr told thenff.com: “This is good news for myself and the entire team. England is a very strong team presently and I believe they will give us a very good match. We will be able to test our readiness for the World Cup when we meet the Three Lions at Wembley.”

While the Super Eagles play Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D, the Three Lions are up against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G in Russia.

England is one of only eight countries to have won any of the previous 20 editions of the FIFA World Cup finals.

Nigeria and England first clashed at senior level on 16th November 1994, also at the old Wembley Stadium. David Platt’s headed goal towards the end of the first half separated both teams.

Both teams met again at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The encounter at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan on 12th June 2002 ended 0-0, with the Super Eagles being eliminated from the finals at the group stage.

Akinwunmi added: “We decided to be strategic in our choice of opponents for the Super Eagles leading to the World Cup, and in total agreement with the preferences of the Technical Adviser. That is why we opted for England. We played Argentina (in November 2017) without even knowing we were going to be in the same group at the Finals.”

The Super Eagles already have a confirmed date with Poland in Warsaw on 23 March. Other dates are 27 March and 27 May.

COMMENTS

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  • ALFREDINHO 9 months ago

    England Vs Nigeria Match will be a cracker .I’m looking forward to that game .I wish Super Eagles luck .

  • Edoman, New Jersey, USA. 9 months ago

    We wish the match could be played in Russia to take the England’s home advantage away from them. To play England at Wembley is not and will never be easy at all. Nigeria will trash England in Abuja if they would agree to meet us at home. Think about that.

  • Kudos to Amaju Pinnick for giving NFF a sense of what is called quality friendly match. Like what @Edoman said, Russia as venue will be more beneficial to both teams. As it is in Wembley, Nigeria will benefit more. England or anywhere else is an away match like Russia will be an away ground for 31 teams. Good for Nigeria. We will see you then Englandino.

  • ako amadi 9 months ago

    Yes, the game will provide a measure of Nigeria’s readiness for the World Cup which will be played on neutral ground. But the approach should not be for the Super Eagles to go to Wembley determined to beat England in their fortress. An expected outcome of a draw, or loss by not more than a goal will be enough. No need to risk injuries a fortnight to the real thing. One wonders why England has never played an international away to any of her former colonies

  • Darny Arts Anthony 9 months ago

    I’m looking foward to this game. Wish it would be in March. June is good all the same.

  • Kudos to the supa eagle that will be an acids test

  • prime 9 months ago

    i dont fear England, they re just so overrated. As for poland thats gonna be a cracker!!

  • Maccollins Njoku 9 months ago

    Kudos to the football authority for putting together this calibre of match and more so that it will serve as the last preparetory match before the world cup hostilities begin. In all aspect it will present a huge test for the eagles as they will face two of the most letal players this season so far in Kane and Sterlin.

  • emma henda 5 months ago

    England versus Nigeria will be hair raising any day! All players must be told to play safe. The main thing is only round the corner.This is a no winner, no loser contest.