AFCON: Super Eagles to play B’Faso, C’Verde friendlies in January

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play two friendly games against Burkina Faso and Cape Verde in January ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to hold from January 13 to February 11, 2024 in Cote d’Ivoire.

The three-time African champions are hoping to win a fourth AFCON title next year and will be competing against host nation Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea Bissau in Group A.

Nigeria’s first game will be against Equatorial Guinea on January 14 at the Ebimpe Olympic Stadium before facing hosts Cote d’Ivoire on January 18 while their last group fixture will be against Guinea Bissau on January 22.

The Nigeria Football Federation NFF had earlier submitted a 40-man provisional list to the Confederation of African Football CAF, with the final 27-man squad expected to be released on or before January 3.

According to the organising committee of the AFCON, all 24 teams will be permitted a final squad of 27 players, four more than the initial 23 from previous tournaments.

The Eagles are also billed to camp in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Friday December 29, ahead of the tournament.

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