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Super Eagles to face the Falcons

The Estadio Municipal de Portimão, in the Algarve, home ground of Portimonense S.C. and which can seat close to 10,000 spectators will be the venue for the friendly game between The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Green Falcons of Saudi Arabia in an international friendly match in October.

The Super Eagles have not faced the Saudis in a senior international match. The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), in a statement on Wednesday, confirmed that the match will be played in Portugal on October 13.

This latest clash comes barely a month before the three-time African champions, who lashed Sao Tome and Principe 6-0 in their 2023 AFCON final-day qualification game in Uyo on Sunday, set out on the race for a place at the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals with a home game against the Crocodiles of Lesotho.

The friendly comes on the heels of the failure of the NFF to secure an opponent for the September international break window.

The match with Saudi is however seen as a tune-up clash towards the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier series for Africa set to begin in November.

Nine African nations are expected at the 2026 Mundial with an extended 64-nation format.

An extra slot can be gained by the best of four runners-up in an inter-confederation playoff.

Nigeria is in Group C alongside South Africa, Benin Republic, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Lesotho.

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