The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have reportedly proposed to its Ghana counterpart a friendly international between the Super Eagles and the Black Stars next month in London. The friendly, it was learnt, is scheduled hold after the next round of African Cup of Nations qualifying games, which would be played during the first weekend of September.
The Super Eagles are due to play away to Tanzania on September 6, and the the Nigeria NFF wishes to make the most of next month’s FIFA friendly window. World football governing body, FIFA, had cancelled a similar proposal earlier this year because it contravened a new rule, which says a team could not play international friendlies within three days in two confederations. A top source informed African- Football.com: “There is a proposal for Nigeria to play against arch-rivals Ghana in London after they would have played the AFCON qualifier in Tanzania.
“Discussions are on-going and we will just have to wait and see if this comes through.” Both West African rivals have clashed several times in London with their last such clash being in October 2011, when they played out a goalless draw.
Earlier this year, a home-based Super Eagles team pipped Ghana Olympic team courtesy of an Emem Eduok goal to open the Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo. Meawhile, Nigeria’s head coach, Sunday Oliseh, has said the Super Eagles have to beat Tanzania to stay on track for qualification to the 2017 Nations Cup in Gabon.
The Eagles are second in their qualifying group behind Egypt with only the group winners guaranteed automatic passage to Gabon 2017. The three-time African champions failed to qualify for the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea. “The match in Dar es Salaam is very, very crucial, not only because it will be my first match as head coach, but also because we have no choice than to win,” said Keshi.
“The three points are important for us to keep up the tempo in our group. “We are on the same three points with Egypt, though they have scored a goal more. That is why we cannot afford any slip along the way.”