Nigeria are proposing friendlies against Italy and African champions Cote d’Ivoire in the new year, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president.

NFF boss Amaju Pinnick disclosed in an interview that the federation’s match agent has already began discussions with both teams for the friendlies.

Nothing has been concluded yet but we wish to play reigning African champions Cote d’Ivoire in London. There is a proposal to play Italy, who are excited about playing Nigeria after we defeated Cameroon recently,” disclosed Pinnick.

We want to make the most every FIFA friendly window by playing top quality matches.”

There will be two FIFA friendly windows in the first half of the new year, at the end of March, when Nigeria battle Egypt in 2017 AFCON qualifiers home and away and then between June 8 and 16.

There will be another FIFA window between August 31 and September 8. 



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