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2018 World Cup; CAF study request for African teams’ friendlies

The  Confederation of African Football  will meet soon to discuss a proposal for  the African teams who have qualified for next year’s World Cup finals  to play friendlies during the FIFA internationals window in  March, a Nigerian football official confirmed

Nigeria,  Senegal,  Egypt,  Morocco  and  Tunisia  will be  Africa’s five representatives in Russia. However, all five teams will be engaged in the  2019 Africa Cup of Nations  qualifiers during the next  FIFA window in March  – the last international break before the  World Cup  kicks off in June.

Pinnick Amaju

Super Eagles spokesman  Toyin Ibitoye  said  Nigeria Football Federation  (NFF) president  Amaju Pinnick  has proposed that the next FIFA window should now be used by the  World Cup finalists  to prepare for world football’s showpiece tournament

“In a few days CAF will meet to deliberate a proposal by the NFF president on using the FIFA window in March for the World Cup flag bearers to play friendly matches ahead of Russia 2018”, he said.

Nigeria  are scheduled to meet the  Seychelles  in March 2018 as a continuation of the  2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, but would now battle a higher rated team should the proposal be accepted. There has been media speculation over possible Eagles opponents in pre-World Cup friendlies, but  Ibitoye  maintained likely opponents will be known after the draw in  Moscow  on 1 December.


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