Super Eagles take on Pharaohs in international friendly game next year

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Super Eagles of Nigeria will be facing the Pharaohs of Egypt in an international friendly match which will prepare these two national teams for the African Cup of Nations, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Thursday.

The Egyptian Football Federation are said to have received an approval from the Nigerian FA for the match to be played on March 26.

The EFA stated that they have received an approval from their Nigerian counterparts to hold the game in the international break, which will also see the Pharaohs play against Niger in the last game of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Under new coach Javier Aguirre, Egypt have already booked a place in the 2019 African Cup of Nations as they now sit in second place with 12 points in Group J of the qualifiers after rivals Tunisia (12), who top the group on head-to-head goal difference.

With Aguirre at the helm, Egypt crushed Niger 6-0, defeated eSwatini 4-1, and 2-0 home and away respectively and thrilled Tunisia 3-2 via a stoppage-time strike from Mohamed Salah.

Nigeria and Egypt have met 17 times in international games with the Super Eagles winning 7 of those encounters, drew five and lost five against the Pharaohs.

The three-time African champions finished fourth in Africa behind Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal who are occupying first position.

And in the global ranking, Senegal who are first in Africa are placed number 23 in the world, while Tunisia who are second are occupying 26th in the world ranking.


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