The match between Nigeria and Mexico early on Thursday’s morning is obviously a friendly match, which will offer playing opportunities for some of the newly invited players to stake claims to a jerseys in the Super Eagles or bid their chances farewell.
But pride is also at stake as the Super Eagles are yet to record a victory over their American counterparts in four previous meetings; the best the African champions can boast of is a draw in the last two matches in 2007 and 2013. Will Mikel and co do it this time?
After a brilliant outing in 2013 where they emerged African champions, played in the Fifa Confederations Cup and sealed a place at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, Nigeria will be seeking to begin the New Year on a great note when they face Mexico at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Stephen Keshi’s side will be gunning for their first win against El Tri having forced them to a 2-2 draw in their last two meetings in 2007 and 2013. The friendly will also give the ‘Big Boss’ a chance to take a closer look at his reliable Europe-based players like Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel and perhaps Emmanuel Emenike who only recently returned from injury.
Nigeria’s backline will have to watch out for Tigres forward Alan Pulido who marked his international debut for Mexico with a hat trick last month against Korea Republic. Mexico are ranked 21st in the world by Fifa while Nigeria are ranked in 47th place.
The match holds 2:30 AM on Thursday.
What are your expectations from tonight’s match?