The Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick has served a big hint that the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the France national football team will face themselves in a friendly in the days ahead.
Pinnick who led other NFF officials on a courtesy visit to the Ambassador of France to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Denys Gauer recalled how the Super Eagles defeated France’s senior team in a friendly in Saint Etienne in June 2009 and assured that they will work with the French Football Federation towards another high –profile friendly between the two countries.
Led then by the late Coach Amodu Shaibu, Nigeria through Joseph Akpala beat Les Bleus by a lone goal.
Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, during the courtesy visit Mr. Gauer noted that football is an important tool for unity and integration in Nigeria, and praised the feats of Nigeria’s various National Teams in global competitions over the decades.
“Presently, Nigeria is France’s number one trading partner in Africa. We have also made good progress with regards to collaboration in the political and security areas.
“We are keen for stronger ties in football. We know football is a major factor in Nigeria and personally, I have a good idea of the power football because I spent time in Iraq and the only time the Shiites, Sunni and Kurds groups came together as one was whenever there was a football match.”
Among other things, Pinnick also thanked Mr. Gauer for his personal intervention that saw Super Eagles’ backroom staff being issued visas eventually for two friendly matches in Europe last month