Nigeria’s Super Eagles to play Argentina in friendly, venue and date confirmed

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play a high-profile friendly against world champions Argentina at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the United States, on Tuesday, March 26.

The friendly was originally scheduled to take place in China, but it was cancelled due to a disagreement between Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Chinese officials.

The Super Eagles will make their first appearance since the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final against the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.

Victor Osimhen will face Argentina’s Lionel Messi for the first time in an international match.


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While Nigeria will use the Grade A friendly to prepare for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin Republic, the South Americans will use the game to hone their skills before defending their Copa America title against Brazil in 2021.

Nigeria and Argentina have previously met eight times, with Argentina winning six of them.

The Super Eagles have beaten La Albiceleste twice.

According to an Argentine Football Association (AFA) press statement released yesterday, the Albiceleste will  first  take on El Salvador at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on March 22 before the clash with the Super Eagles.

“First, Lionel Scaloni’s team will face El Salvador at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (March 22), while the second match will be against Nigeria at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles (March 26),” the AFA statement published by Spanish Marca hinted.

This tour of USA appears much convenient for Messi who created a scene not featuring in Inter Miami’s preseason games in Hong Kong.

This new tour will be much more accessible for  Messi’s match load since he will not need to travel so many miles to play these matches, after the MLS league tournament started on Wednesday, February 21 and the competition runs until December.

Argentina, the defending world and South American champion, will open the Copa America defence against Canada or Trinidad and Tobago on June 20 at Atlanta, then play Chile five days later at East Rutherford, New Jersey, and Peru on June 29 at Miami Gardens, Florida.

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