Nigeria confirm London friendly international with Scotland

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport, Lagos
Nigeria's Victor Moses
Nigeria's Victor Moses

Nigeria will prepare for the Brazil World Cup with a friendly against Scotland at Fulham's Craven Cottage on 28 May.

The match against Gordon Strachan's side will take place six days before Nigeria face World Cup bound Greece in another warm-up game in Philadelphia, United States.

With so many Super Eagles footballers based in Europe, Scotland are regarded as good opponents for those fringe players hoping to make it into coach Stephen Keshi's final World Cup squad.

Jairo Pachon of Eurodata, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)'s official match agent, told BBC Sport: "This game provides big opportunities for the coaches, players and fans of the Super Eagles.

"Playing Scotland at the end of several European leagues should help the players get to London easily.

"It's also an important opportunity for the coach to see some players before their big camp in the United States.

"Significantly, it will enable the Nigerian community in the UK and across Europe to see the team before the World Cup in Brazil."

Nigeria last met Scotland in 2002, when the Super Eagles came from behind to win 2-1 in Aberdeen.

Next week, the African Champions travel to Georgia, Atlanta to take on Mexico in another friendly match.

Nigeria will play also play Greece in Philadelphia on 3 June then face USA in Jacksonville, Florida on 7 June.

The matches will be part of the Super Eagles' final preparations as they set up camp in Houston in the United States before leaving for Brazil.

Brazil 2014 will be Nigeria's fifth appearance at a World Cup finals.

The Super Eagles face Iran in Group F before taking on Bosnia-Herzegovina, and will finish against Argentina in a bid to reach the last 16, as they did in both 1994 and 1998.

The West Africans will hope to avoid falling at the first hurdle - a fate they suffered in both 2002 and 2010.

Despite losing both their opening group games in South Africa, the Super Eagles could still have reached the last 16 had they beaten South Korea in their final game, but were held to a 2-2 draw to finish bottom of the pool.

Their best outings at the tournament were in 1994 and 1998 when they reached the knockout round of 16.