A formal agreement between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Federaço Portuguesa de Futebol has been reached for the Super Eagles and A Seleço to face off in a prestigious senior team friendly on November 17 at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations three times (as well as the gold, silver, and bronze medals in men’s football at the Olympics), while Portugal won the Euro Championship in France in 2016, beating the host nation of France 1-0 in extra time at the Stade de France. Greece defeated A Seleço in the 2004 Euro Championship final as the hosts.
The clash with Portugal is yet another game by the NFF, which has allowed high-end international friendlies for the Super Eagles and other Nigeria national teams over the previous eight years. Algeria, the 2019 African champions, are already scheduled to face Algeria in Oran on September 27.
Although the Super Falcons and the Senior Women Team of Portugal battled to an exciting 3-3 tie in the USWNT Summer Series in Houston, Texas, USA, last summer, it will be the first senior men’s level meeting for both nations.
Recall that in 1989, Portugal’s U-20 boys beat Nigeria’s U-20 boys 2-0 in the FIFA World Youth Championship finals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (which are now known as the FIFA U20 World Cup finals).
Sporting Clube de Portugal’s home field is the 50,000-seat Estádio José Alvalade, which is made of natural grass. The building bears José Alvalade’s name, who founded Sporting CP and was its first club member before passing away in 1918. In August 2003, the stadium was inaugurated.
Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, will be Portugal’s captain, while the Super Eagles’ assault will be commanded by Victor Osimhen, a forward based in Italy who is quickly becoming one of football’s most devastating attackers.