Eagles vs Egypt rematch in Dubai
Eagles star Victor Moses
The Pharaohs of Egypt won the first Dubai friendly 3-2 in April, but this time Nigeria will be fortified by their Europe-based professionals.
The seven-time African champions complete with the legendary Mohamed Aboutrika snatched a late win after a brave showing by players from the Nigeria Premier League.
As a result of this rematch, the proposed September 5 warm-up against Sierra Leone in Freetown has been stepped down.
The Egypt rematch will be three days after the Eagles have battled Liberia in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Monrovia.
“(Coach) Keshi has asked that the match in Sierra Leone be moved because he does not wish to risk any injuries too close to the match in Liberia,” a top official specially told MTNFootball.com
“The federation have therefore agreed the match against Egypt in Dubai three days after the Liberia game so as to prepare the team for the second leg Nations Cup qualifier in Calabar.”
Eagles will host Liberia in the second leg of the final AFCON qualifiers on October 12.