Nigeria’s Senior Men National Team has arrived in Los Angeles, the United States of America for Saturday’s international friendly match taking place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum by 8pm Local time (4am in Nigeria on Sunday).
The match organisers are expecting a good turn-out at the 77,500- capacity match venue, which would make it the most attended game globally since the restrictions that followed the coronavirus pandemic which broke out last year.
Team Nigeria is made up of 22 players and a number of officials, including the Nigeria Football Federation General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi; President of the NFF and FIFA Council Member, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who honoured an invite by the Government of the State of Maryland in Baltimore on Wednesday will meet up with the contingent in Los Angeles on Friday.
Close-fought confrontations include a 1-1 draw at the FIFA Intercontinental Tournament for the King Fahd Cup (now FIFA Confederations Cup) in Saudi Arabia on 13th January 1995 (Mexico prevailed 5-4 on penalties in the quarter final match), and 0-0 draws in friendly matches in Houston and in Atlanta the previous decade, a friendly game in Mexico also ended 2-2.
See the squad in America below:
Goalkeepers: Stanley Nwabili (Lobi Stars) and John Noble (Enyimba FC)
Defenders: Olisa Ndah (Akwa United); Adekunle Adeleke (Abia Warriors); Tope Olusesi (Rangers International); Enyinnaya Kazie (Rivers United); Imoh Obot (Enyimba FC); Tebo Franklin Degaulle (Nasarawa United) and Lawal Oriyomi Murtala (Kwara United).
Midfielders: Anthony Shimaga (Rangers International); Seth Mayi (Akwa United); Uche Onwuasonaya (Plateau United); Ibrahim Olawoyin (Rangers International) and Anayo Iwuala (Enyimba FC).
Forwards: Stephen Jude (Kwara United); Charles Atshimene (Akwa United); Chinonso Ezekwe (Rangers International); Auwalu Ali Malam (Kano Pillars); Neurot Emmanuel (Plateau United); Abdulmutalif Sanusi (Katsina United); Mohammed Zulkifilu (Plateau United) and Sunday Adetunji (Rivers United).