Nigeria to Play FIFA World Cup Champions Argentina in International Friendly

Nigeria to Play FIFA World Cup Champions Argentina in International Friendly

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at January 30, 2024 at 11:14 AM
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  • Nigeria will face World champions Argentina in a friendly game
  • The game is scheduled to be played in China in March
  • Nigeria and Argentina have met nine times in the past

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on reigning FIFA World Cup champions Argentina in an international friendly game billed for March 2024.

This will be the fourth time the Super Eagles and the Albiceleste will meet in a friendly game and their tenth overall meeting in all competitions, including the FIFA World Cup.

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The last meeting between Nigeria and Argentina was at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Photo by VI-Images.
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According to the Daily Post, the Argentina Football Association confirmed that the world champions will tackle Nigeria and Ivory Coast in two international friendlies after reaching an agreement with a Chinese corporation.

Both friendly games will be played at the Olympics Sports Centre Stadium in Hangzhou, China, and will be Nigeria’s first friendly game after the Africa Cup of Nations, which is scheduled to end on February 11.

The Nigerian Football Federation has, however, yet to confirm the friendly game with Argentina as all focus is currently on the Super Eagles' campaign at the ongoing AFCON in the Ivory Coast.

Super Eagles versus Argentina history

Meanwhile, Argentina has recorded six wins, two defeats and one draw in their nine previous meetings against the Super Eagles as both teams get set for another thrilling encounter, The Guardian reports.

In their last friendly encounter in November 2017 in Krasnodar, Russia, Nigeria came from 2-0 down to beat the South American giants 4-2 before Argentina took revenge at the 2018 World Cup finals.

Needing only a draw to qualify for the round of 16, the Super Eagles conceded a late goal to lose 2-1 to the Argentines and get knocked in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup finals.

Angola coach in awe of Nigeria's quality

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Angola coach Pedro Goncalves believes the Super Eagles are full of quality and talented players who might cause problems for his team in the AFCON Round of 16.

As they prepare for their quarter-final match against the Super Eagles, the Black Antelopes must defeat Nigeria in order to advance to the semi-finals of Africa's premier football competition.

Goncalves stated that Angola is not afraid of Nigeria despite not having the luxury of excellent players like the three-time AFCON champions.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..