Algeria Replace Cote D’Ivoire As Eagles
Opponent In Thier Friendly Matches
Reigning African champions Algeria have replaced Côte d’Ivoire as a rival to the Super Eagles in the first of two international friendlies organized by the Nigerian Football Federation to be played in Austria next month.
The matches are within the FIFA window for international matches and have been approved by the governing body of world football, FIFA and CAF.
The Ivorian Football Federation sent a letter to the NFF on 22 September lamenting its inability to send a team to Austria for the match as previously agreed, citing “internal problems”.
This followed a phone call from the president of the NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to his opposite Algerian number, Mr. Kheireddine Zetchi.
“We have permission from our government to travel from Algeria to Austria and our country has reopened international flights. We would also like to confirm that FIFA match agent Me Jairo Pachon is authorized to carry out all the necessary work and planning in Austria to organize this event, ”wrote Mohamed Saad, General Secretary of the Algerian Football Federation .
The clash in Austria next month would be the fourth between the Super Eagles and the Fennecs in three years.
Both teams were in the same qualifying group for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the Eagles defeating Fennecs 3-1 at Uyo before a 1-1 draw at Constantine that mattered little as Nigeria already booked a ticket to Russia. before that last day. meeting.
The two teams met each other again in last year’s African Cup of Nations semifinal in Egypt, Fennecs topped 2-1 with a free kick just outside the box upon death, then defeated Senegal. in the final to clinch his second continental title.
On Friday, the NFF congratulated the Austrian Embassy in Nigeria for the diligence with which the embassy assisted the technical and backroom staff of the Super Eagles heading to Austria for both games.
All officials have received visas to travel.
Midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, who has just arrived in Turkey from Spain to join the Galatasaray club, has already received his visa to enter Austria.
Tunisia, ranked number two in Africa and number 26 in the world, will be the second rival of the Super Eagles at the Jacques Lemans Arena on October 13.