FIFA has announced the officials who will oversee the upcoming senior international friendly between Nigeria and Mozambique, set to take place in Portugal next Monday.
The match referee will be Miguel Nogueira, hailing from Portugal, and he will be assisted by his compatriots Paulo Bras, Ana Loide, and Bruno Viera, who will serve as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2, and fourth official, respectively.
This forthcoming encounter, scheduled for the Estadio Municipal de Portimão next Friday, marks the fifth meeting between these two nations at the senior level.
In a past friendly match, the Super Eagles narrowly defeated the Mambas in Maputo. Notable clashes occurred in 2009 during the race to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa. In Maputo, the teams settled for a goalless draw, while in Abuja later that year, Obinna Nsofor’s powerful header secured a crucial victory for Nigeria. A draw that evening would have meant elimination for Nigeria from the World Cup race.
During their face-off at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, the Super Eagles dominated with a 3-0 victory over the Mambas in Lubango.
The Portugal-based match is scheduled to kick off at 4 pm local time, which aligns with the time in Nigeria.
The Super Eagles are expected to arrive at their Penina Hotel and Resort in Portimao starting from Tuesday. Their first friendly match will be against the Green Falcons of Saudi Arabia, scheduled for the following Friday.
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