The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that a
prestige friendly match between the Super Eagles and
England’s Three Lions will take place at the Wembley
Stadium in London on Saturday, 2ndJune 2018.
The match will be only the third between both
countries at senior level, and will serve as the Super
Eagles’ final preparatory game for the FIFA World Cup
finals in Russia, with their first match against Croatia
in Kaliningrad coming exactly two weeks after.
NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the
Federation’s Organizing Committee, Barrister Seyi
Akinwunmi, told thenff.com on Tuesday: “The match
is now confirmed. We had been doing a lot of work in
the background, even going back to last year.
“Now, we are happy to say that it is all sealed.
Certainly, it is going to be a big match, between two
countries of remarkable historical affinity and
“We have other matches and programs for the team,
and we will soon roll out the entire plan for matches,
camping sites and training camps.”
The idea of a friendly game between England and
Nigeria in the present dispensation was first mooted
in 2015, when NFF President Amaju Pinnick met with
then Chairman of The FA, Greg Dyke in London.
Afterwards, Pinnick and NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC
Chairman Shehu Dikko (who is also Chairman of the
NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights
Committee)) met with incumbent Chairman of The FA,
Greg Clarke, also in London.
One of the promises made by Pinnick at the onset of
his administration was that he would actualize a match
between the senior teams of Nigeria and England.
That has now become a reality – another promise
Organizers hinted thenff.com on Wednesday that they
expect a full house at the big game, and that a train of
top-drawer dignitaries could include members of the