Super Eagles and Cote d’Ivoire Set to Face Lionel Messi in Post-AFCON Friendlies

Super Eagles and Cote d'Ivoire Set to Face Lionel Messi in Post-AFCON Friendlies

The Argentina Football Association has announced two mouthwatering international friendlies against Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire, scheduled for March later this year.

Super Eagles and Cote d'Ivoire Set to Face Lionel Messi in Post-AFCON Friendlies

This exciting development comes amidst the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, where both Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire are currently battling for continental glory, Footballrover reports.

A Clash of Titans in the Making

Both Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire have impressively reached the quarter-finals of the AFCON, showing their formidable strengths on the African stage.

While the Super Eagles secured a thrilling victory over Cameroon, the Elephants outplayed defending champion Senegal with so much hunger for the coveted trophy.

With the AFCON wrapping up in February, the international football scene is already buzzing with anticipation for post-tournament clashes.

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Argentina’s announcement of their upcoming tour to Asia, featuring friendlies against Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire, will surely bring further excitement to football fans worldwide.

A historic rivalry renewed

For Nigeria, facing Argentina holds a special significance. In the past three World Cup tournaments where the Super Eagles qualified, they found themselves sharing the group stage with the South American giants.

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While Argentina consistently dominated these encounters, Nigeria’s valiant efforts have etched this rivalry in the minds of football fans.

The upcoming friendly in March promises to be a spectacle, brimming with star power from both sides.

Argentina boasts a constellation of world-class talent, including the legendary Lionel Messi, the prolific Lautaro Martinez, the exciting young Julian Alvarez, the ever-dangerous Angel Di Maria, and the midfield maestro Enzo Fernandez.

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Nigeria, too, possesses a potent arsenal of attacking prowess, spearheaded by the in-form Victor Osimhen and the skillful Ademola Lookman.

However, Coach Jose Peseiro will have to contend with the absence of the injured Victor Boniface, who is expected to remain sidelined until April.

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