Argentina star Lionel Messi
Monday Oct 30, 2017. 17:00
Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his Argentine teammates convinced the Argentine Football Association to play Nigeria instead of Azerbaijan and Ukraine.
News circulating in Nigeria reveal that senior national team players, led by Messi have advised AFA to settle for a friendly game against the Super Eagles.
It is reported that AFA were in talks with Azerbaijan and also engaged Ukraine for a friendly after securing a high profile friendly against the hosts of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia.
Nigeria were originally looking for a game against Argentina next year, but the plan was brought forward after senior players in the team decided on facing the Super Eagles ahead of Azerbaijan and Ukraine.
”It’s normal for the FA to speak with the coach, who will then inform the players through the captain about any friendly game and venue,” said South American Tim Martin toOwngoalnigeria.com.
“It’s so in Argentina because most of the players have to travel long miles because of their location.”
The two nations will meet in an international friendly in Russia on November 14.