The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has set modalities in motion for the arrangement of a friendly for the Super Eagles as a build-up to their African Cup of Nations qualifying matches against the Pharaohs of Egypt.
The Atlas Lions of Morocco, it was learnt, are most preferred, but Tunisia or Algeria could be an option should the Moroccans decline.
Nigeria take on Egypt in March in a double header, which could well determine the fate of the Super Eagles for Gabon 2017.
Egypt currently lead the AFCON qualifying group with six points from two matches, two points more than second-placed Nigeria with the overall group winners guaranteed automatic qualification for the continental showpiece.
The NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, said the NFF was determined to ensure that the Eagles are in the right frame of mind technically and mentally against the record seventime African champions.
“I have asked them to begin to shop for a friendly game against Morocco, Tunisia or Algeria in the next available FIFA window,” said Pinnick.
“That tells you how important the next AFCON qualifiers are to us. We want to make sure that the Eagles are properly prepared and have an idea of how the North Africans play.
“But in any case, coach Sunday Oliseh has already started studying the tapes of the Egyptians and he is preparing the game plans.”
The Super Eagles experienced mixed blessings in their latest round of friendlies as they lost 2-0 to Congo Democratic Republic and beat Cameroon 3-0, with both games played in Belgium.
– Oladipo Okubanjo