Nigeria meet Portugal in a friendly in November, three days before the World Cup kicks off

The Super Eagles take on the Selecao in the high-profile game before the former European champions travel to Qatar

Nigeria meet Portugal in a friendly in November, three days before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Super Eagles failed to qualify for the World Cup after being eliminated in the playoffs by Ghana, but have enjoyed a string of high-profile friendlies, beginning with Algeria in September and Portugal two months later.

The game, which will take place at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon on November 17, is Portugal’s final pre-season game before they travel to Qatar, where they begin their tournament against Ghana seven days later, before taking on Uruguay and South Korea’s other ties Group H

“The game against Portugal will be the first senior men’s level encounter for both countries, despite the Super Falcons and Portugal senior women’s team playing an exciting 3-3 draw at the USWNT Summer Series in Houston, Texas last summer , USA,” the Nigeria Football Association said in a statement confirming the game.

It will be a big test for Nigeria’s Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro as his side face some of the world’s best players, led by Manchester United’s five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Fernando Santos’ men are aiming to do better than they did in 2018, when they were knocked out of the World Cup in the round of 16 by group opponents Uruguay in 2022.

Portugal have qualified for the last five World Cups, but their best performance of that period came in 2006, when they finished fourth, lost twice in the group stage and suffered as many round of 16 eliminations.

The 2006 performance is only surpassed by the 1966 tournament when they finished third.

Nigeria, meanwhile, meet Portugal after taking on Algeria in Oran on September 27 after the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 qualifiers originally scheduled for that month were cancelled.

The Super Eagles were scheduled to face Guinea-Bissau in Afcon qualifiers home and away during this month’s international window, while the Desert Foxes had a date with Niger before the postponement.

Nigeria had a rough start to 2022, exiting Afcon 2021 in the round of 16 before being eliminated at the World Cup in March.

However, the West Africans rebounded to begin their qualifying journey for the 2023 continental tournament by beating Sierra Leone 2-1 before beating Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 in June.

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