As part of the preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles will be involved in friendly matches with Zimbabwe’s Warriors and Senegal.
The Eagles will first face Zimbabwe’s Warriors at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba today before another friendly against Senegal this time in Egypt on Sunday, June 16.
Today’s match will be the seventh time both nations will play against each other.
Both nations first met on August 1, 1981 with the Eagles losing 2-0 in an international friendly match which incidentally is Zimbabwe’s only victory against Nigeria.
They met five more time between 1989 and 2006 with the Super Eagles winning four games and drawing one.
On July 16, 1989 during the Africa Cup of Nations 2nd round in Ibadan, Nigeria defeated their opponents 3-0 but drew 1-1 in the return match in Harare fourteen days later.
Nigeria again showed their supremacy during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying series beating Zimbabwe 5-1, 3-0 home and away respectively.
The last match was on January 2006 during the Nations Cup in Egypt, Nigeria again defeated the Warriors 2-0. Christian Obodo and Mikel Obi scored the goals.
Meanwhile, today’s game at 6pm is expected to be executed by players who did not play regularly for their clubs during the last season according to head coach, Gernot Rohr.
According to him, this is to give him the opportunity to ascertain their physical and mental fitness ahead of the AFCON.
“I want to see a lot of players who are not playing so much, give them the opportunity to play,” Rohr told reporters in Asaba.
“It can be for some defenders like Balogun, he is fit but he didn’t play so much, so we want to see him playing on Saturday and also some players like Kelechi [Iheanacho].”
After the game, the Super Eagles will depart for Ismaila, Egypt on Sunday to continue their preparation for the Afcon. Then they will play their final friendly game against Senegal at the Ismailia Stadium on June 16.
Nigeria will be competing in their 18th AFCON tournament in Egypt and have been drawn in Group B alongside Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.
The three-time African champions have been drawn in Group B along with Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.
They kick off their campaign in the tournament against the Swallows on June 22.