Nigeria to host Argentina in a friendly on June 1

AFP, Wednesday 23 Mar 2011

Nigeria will host Argentina in a friendly match on June 1 in Abuja, Nigerian officials announced on Wednesday

Nigeria national team

The high-profile friendly will be financed by one of the team's leading sponsors, Guinness.

"We can confirm this match for June 1 in Abuja," said event organiser Devlin Hainsworth at an elaborate event in Lagos to announce the details of the match.

"This is a time to have some of the world's best players on Nigerian soil."

Musa Amadu, general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), praised the match organisers for bringing a world-class team like Argentina to the country.

"It will be a big event because the fans have been asking for such a big match since we last hosted Brazil in Abuja in 2003," said Amadu.

The two teams last clashed in a World Cup group game in Johannesburg, South Africa last year, with the South Americans winning 1-0.

Argentina's other previous encounter against Nigeria at this level was in a 2002 World Cup group game, which they also won 1-0.

Officials disclosed that Argentina may also seek to arrange a match against Ghana during their visit to Africa.

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