International Friendly: Home-based Eagles Land in America for Clash with Mexico


Nigeria’s Home-based Super Eagles have arrived in Los Angeles, United States of America for Saturday’s international friendly with Mexico taking place at the imposing Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, simply known as LA Coliseum.

NFF’s FIFAMatch Agent, Jairo Pachon of Eurodata Sport confirmed yesterday that the match will kick off at 8pmLA time on Saturday (4amin Nigeria on Sunday).

Organizers expect a full house at the 77,500- capacity LA Coliseum at Saturday’s match, which would make it the most-attended game globally since the restrictions that followed the coronavirus pandemic which broke out last year.

According to NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, as a result of injury to goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, the federation had to fast-track National Exempt papers for Tottenham Hotspur of England U23 goalkeeper, Joshua Oluwayemi to join the 22-man squad.

Oluwayemi is expected in the team hotel in Los Angeles today to beef up the goalkeeping department that has only Enyimba FC’s John Noble and Lobi Stars’ Stanley Nwabali.

Saturday’s Clash will be the sixth confrontation between the senior teams of both countries, four of which have ended in draws. The only win in the series has gone to Mexico at the US Gold Cup encounter in Dallas ( State of Texas) 2-1 on 24th June 1995.

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