Three-time African champions Super Eagles will clash with CONCACAF Gold Cup-holders Mexico in a friendly at Los Angeles on July 3, 2021.
Gernot Rohr’s side will take on the Concacaf nation at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as they step up preparations for their World Cup qualifying campaign as well as next year’s Africa Cup of Nations billed for Cameroon.
The two teams will be meeting for the sixth time ever with four of their previous encounters ending on a no winner, no vanquished note. The only win in the series belongs to Mexico; it was a defeat in a US Gold Cup fixture in Texas.
Nigeria Football Federation’s FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon said: “We are happy to be able to announce this match which is a clash between two very big teams from two different continents.
“Mexico against Nigeria is a big match any day, and the venue is class.”
Both countries have agreed to play the friendly match in July, however, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr is uncertain what the fixture at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in California is expected to accomplish, as he will be unable to call on the services of his first-team players.
Rohr says he will be able to select players only from the Nigerian domestic league for the fixture against CONCACAF Gold Cup holders Mexico with his Europe-based contingent expected to be on vacation or with their clubs in pre-season ahead of the new campaign.
“To get the Super Eagles in Europe is impossible.
“They will all be in pre-season with their clubs. So I will be able only to make selection of players from Nigeria,” Rohr said.
The situation is worsened by the timing of the fixture, which forms part of Mexico’s MexTour series, as it comes outside of the FIFA window for international matches