Super Eagles To Play Mexico On July 3 In Los Angeles
Director of Communication of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday said the match would hold in the U.S.
He added that the match, which would kick off at 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles time, would be the sixth confrontation between the senior teams of both countries, , four of which have ended in draws.
Four of such matches have ended in draws, and the only win in the series has gone to Mexico, when they won a US Gold Cup encounter in Dallas 2-1 on June 24, 1995.
The only win in the series has gone to Mexico, when they trumped a US Gold Cup encounter in Dallas (State of Texas) 2-1 on 24th June 1995, which Jonathan Akpoborie scored Nigeria’s only goal.
Other confrontations include a 1-1 draw at the FIFA Intercontinental Tournament for King Fahd Cup (now FIFA Confederations Cup) in Saudi Arabia on 13th January 1995 (Mexico prevailed 5-4 on penalties in the quarter-final match), and 0-0 draws in friendly matches in Houston and Atlanta the previous decade. A friendly game in Mexico also ended 2-2.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, simply known as LA Coliseum, is a 77,500-capacity facility that has hosted major international championships of all grades, including the 1996 Men’s Olympics Football Tournament (won by Nigeria) and CONCACAF Gold Cup matches.
The COCACAF Gold Cup is that continent’s equivalent of Africa Cup of Nations finals and determines the continental champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbeans.
Mexico is the most successful team in CONCACAF Gold Cup with eight titles and are the current Cup holders.
Nigeria have won Africa Cup of Nations three times and qualified for six of the last seven FIFA World Cup finals, reaching the Round of 16 in 1994, 1998, and 2014. Also, Super Eagles finished as bronze medallists at the last AFCON in Egypt two years ago.
NFF’s FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon of Eurodata Sport, said;
We are happy to be able to announce this match, which is a clash between two very big teams from two different continents. Mexico against Nigeria is a big match any day and the venue is class.
The two teams will announce their squads for the match in June.