President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has revealed the Super Eagles of Nigeria will play two high-profile friendly matches in Austria next month.
In a Twitter thread on Wednesday, September 2, the NFF boss said Nigeria will play two African giants, Cote D’Ivoire on the 9th of October and Tunisia on the 13th, both matches in Austria.
“As we await the Federal Government’s pronouncement on the resumption of football, the Federation has been in active discussions about possible friendly matches and I’m happy to say we have finally sealed two high profile matches for next month on the 9th of October, the Super Eagles will play former African champions, Cote D’Ivoire in a friendly game, then face another African giant and former champions Tunisia, four days later, on the 13th,” Pinnick said.
“Both games will be held in Austria for a few obvious reasons due to the COVID-19 protocols presently in place and the proximity of the bulk of our team as well, Austria was seen as an ideal venue. I’ll have to stress as well, that ALL costs will be borne by the Football Federations of both Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire, as well as Tunisia.”
Pinnick also revealed that the NFF Executive Committee in a virtual meeting with Nike will soon unveil new kits for the national team ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“A few days ago, top members of the NFF Executive Committee had a virtual meeting with NIKE, our kit makers, with regards to the new kits for the 2022 World Cup and all I can say now is: Wow.
“The new designs are truly beautiful and will thrill the world again. Sincerely, I cannot wait to see our male and female teams adorn them.
“Now, let me use this opportunity to thank the members of the NFF Executive Committee. They have not only become friends but they are now more than family to me. Collectively, we labour to improve the fortunes of football in Nigeria.
“To members of the Congress, I’d like to say a hearty “Thank You” as well. They not only support the drive but the mission, vision and direction of the Board. I cannot thank them enough. To the Ministry of Youth and Sport Development and the Honourable Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare; thank you, boss. Your direction is flawless.
“To both Sport Committees in the National Assembly, we are indeed grateful for your guidance and immeasurable support. I’d also like to thank the Federal Government of Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari. The support for our work, football and sports in general is truly wonderful.
“To our sponsors; thank you. Without you, I truly wonder where we would be now. AITEO in particular; I doff my hat. Thank you. COVID-19 is still with us and it is important that we follow all health protocols and advisories diligently. I would like to recognize the true heroes of this fight, our frontline workers; the doctors, nurses and health professionals.
“Words cannot express my gratitude to you. Finally, I’d like to ask Nigerians to continue to keep faith in us. We are not perfect and we certainly have had a few missteps now and then but we always try to do our best. Criticize us because that’s the only way we can get better but always support us. We definitely on your support and never take it for granted.
“The dream is to conquer Africa at the next Nations Cup and qualify for the World Cup in 2022. I’m certain, with your support, we will get there.”
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