Super Eagles of Nigeria will play AFCON semifinalists, Burkina Faso instead of Ghana as earlier speculated.
According to Pulse.ng, the media officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye, confirmed this in a statement.
In a chat with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) media team, the senior national team head coach, Gernot Rohr revealed that he would be happy if his team play two friendly games which he expects to serve as tune-up games for 2019 African Nation’s Cup and 2018 African World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Cameroon respectively.
It is expected that the game against Senegal will be in preparation for the important double-header against Cameroon while Burkina Faso will help prepare the Super Eagles for the South Africa tie.
According to pulse.ng, Ibitoye said: “The two teams that the Super Eagles will play have been confirmed. Nigeria will face the Teranga Lions of Senegal on March 23rd and then meet Burkina Faso on the 27th.
“Both games will be in London and it will provide us with a stern test as we prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers.
“We had a few teams in mind, but we have finally received confirmation for Senegal and Burkina Faso. The Ghana deal didn’t work, presumably because they don’t have a coach now after Avram Grant resigned, ” Ibitoye added.
“But all have been settled now, Senegal and Burkina Faso will be the two teams the Eagles will face in the March FIFA window. ”
It is believed that the Burkinabes were chosen over the Ghanaians because of the coachless status of the Black Stars due to Avram Grant’s departure.
Both Senegal and Burkina Faso are ahead of Nigeria in the latest FIFA rankings and victories can also help the Super Eagles garner more ranking points.