British Royal Family to be present as ‘Three Lions’ battle Super Eagles

by on January 11, 2018

The Nigeria Football Federation has revealed that it has been planning the friendly match between the Super Eagles and the Three Lions of England since 2015 and is happy the tie has been confirmed for June 2 at the Wembley.
The NFF, in a press statement released by its Assistant Director of Media, Demola Olajire, a copy of which was received by our correspondent, said the idea of the friendly game was first mooted in 2015, when the federation 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,” the statement read.
NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the Federation’s Organising Committee, Seyi Akinwunmi, told thenff.comon Wednesday: “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 similarities.
“We have other matches and programmes for the team, and we will soon roll out the entire plan for matches, camping sites and training camps.”
The federation said top dignitaries including members of the British Royal Family were expected at the venue of the match.”
Nigeria and England first clashed at senior level on November 16, 1994, also at the old Wembley Stadium. David Platt’s headed goal towards the end of the first half separated both teams.
Both teams met again at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The encounter at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan on June 12, 2002 ended goalless, with the Super Eagles being eliminated from the finals at the group stage.
The NFF has already confirmed two friendly matches for the Eagles with the second one being against Poland (1974 and 1982 World Cup bronze medallists, and who play Senegal, Colombia and Japan in Group H in Russia) in Warsaw on March 23. The federation is yet to unveil opponents for other dates which are 27th March 27 and May 27.

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