Nigeria’s Friendly Clash Against Argentina Rescheduled, Gets New Venue

Nigeria’s Friendly Clash Against Argentina Rescheduled, Gets New Venue

Chukwu Ikechukwu
February 20, 2024 at 4:21 PM
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  • The Nigeria-Argentina friendly has been rescheduled by the organisers
  • The friendly match will now be played in the United States of America
  • The match will take place at a yet-to-be-announced date in March

The cancelled international friendly between Nigeria's Super Eagles and Argentina's Albiceleste, originally scheduled to be held in China, has now been moved to a new location, organisers have disclosed.

Due to a fallout with Lionel Messi, the Chinese sporting authority scrapped plans to host Argentina’s friendly game with Nigeria and the match against the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations champions, Ivory Coast.

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The Super Eagles finished second at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. Photo by MB Media.
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According to Soccernet, the United States of America has been selected as the new venue and will take place on a yet to be announced date in March.

In addition to the Argentina match, the Super Eagles of Nigeria are also scheduled to face El Salvador in another international friendly at the same venue in the USA.

The Super Eagles will use the friendly against the reigning World champions to prepare for their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and the Benin Republic in June.

Super Eagles suffer injury blow

Meanwhile, Super Eagles of Nigeria have suffered a major injury blow ahead of their 2026 World Cup Qualifiers after Porto defender Zaidu Sanusi was ruled out for the rest of the season, Daily Post reports.

Sanusi will now undergo surgery at a hospital in Porto in the coming days after rupturing his knee in his first game back for his club side from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, where he helped Nigeria win a silver medal.

The 26-year-old defender is now certain to miss the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and the Benin Republic in June.

EPL stars ready to play for Nigeria

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Luton Town’s Elijah Adebayo and Gabriel Osho, both born in England but of Nigerian origin, are rumoured to be willing to play for Nigeria's Super Eagles.

Both Premier League stars have yet to make an international appearance at any level and are eligible to represent England or Nigeria, but it seems they prefer their African roots.

Adebayo has been impressive in front of goal, netting nine goals in 23 Premier League matches this season, while Osho has made 14 appearances for Luton, helping them to four wins, three draws, and two clean sheets.

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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..