The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has slammed reports that an international friendly is in the offing between the Super Eagles and world champions, Germany in November.
According to the Glass House, such a friendly match, though desirable, would not be happening in the near future due to the logistics involved.
Making the clarification in a chat with SportsVanguard Wednesday, Director of Communications of the NFF, Ademola Olajire said that the month of November which was bandied as the period for the game is the same month the Super Eagles will be taking on the Algerian national team on matchday 6 of the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
“To the best of my knowledge, there is no such arrangement and I also know that playing such a high profile match with current world champions requires proper planning and you don’t arrange such matches within six months,” he said.
“Again even if they are free, I don’t think that they will just throw in a game just like that. Another factor is the fact that the month of November being bandied as the period for the said match is the same month the Super Eagles will be travelling to Algiers to confront Algeria in the ongoing 2018 World Cup qualifiers and to the best of my knowledge, the Super Eagles don’t play friendly matches when they have serious matches to play.”
The NFF spokesman also assured that they would pull out all the stops to ensure the inclusion of Nigerian born Chelsea star, Ola Aina in the list of players invited by Coach Gernot Rohr for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
He added that the rising star, along with teammate Victor Moses and Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi will be joining the Eagles after their English FA match later this month.