Ivory Coast Withdraws From Super Eagles Friendly Match. 25/09/2020.
Super Eagles were to play the Ivorians and Tunisia in two friendly matches planned by the NFF to prepare the team ahead of their November Africa Cup of Nations doubleheader against Sierra Leone but the former has withdrawn from the match citing internal problems.
‘The Federation Ivorienne de Football, on 22nd September sent to the NFF a letter regretting their inability to send a team to Austria for the game as earlier agreed, citing “internal problems,”’ NFF said on Friday
The federation added, however, that what at first seemed a disappointment turned into delight as stronger Algeria immediately accepted to tango with three-time African champions Nigeria on 9th October at the Jacques Lemans Arena. This followed a phone call from President of the NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick to his Algerian opposite number, Mr. Kheireddine Zetchi.
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 pool for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the Eagles trouncing the Fennecs 3-1 in Uyo before a 1-1 draw in Constantine that mattered little as Nigeria already booked a ticket to Russia before that final-day encounter.