The super eagles of Nigeria has been scheduled to play an International friendly match against the Andriy Shevchenko’ side on Tuesday September 10 2019.
The Second runners up at the 2019 African Cup of Nations who had in recent times been in wonderful form will be playing for the first time against a strong Ukrainian side who last lost a friendly game in 2012.
The Ukrainian team who have not lost any of their last 20 friendly matches, have also not lost to an African side after 6 encounters against Libya (1-1 and 3-0); Tunisia (1-0); Cameroon (0-0); Niger (2-1) and Morocco 0-0).
The Shevchenko’ led Ukrainian side will be going into the tie with a high morale after a convincing0-3 away win at Lithuania in the ongoing Euro 2020 qualifier at the LFF Stadium, Vilnius, at the weekend.
The international friendly match scheduled to be played at Dnipro Arena, Ukraine, will be Super Eagles’ first outing after clinching the bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt following a 1-0 win over Tunisia in the Third-Place match on July 17th.
Since 2012, the “yellow-blue” have played 20 friendly games in a row recording an impressive 12 wins and 8 draws and scoring 34 goals while conceding only 12.
It should be noted that the Ukraine vs Malta friendly which they lost 0-1 at home in 2017 was not entered in the FIFA register due to the exceeded the limit of replacements/substitutions in the game. The game only passed for a training match.
This is the first time Ukraine and Nigeria are meeting at a full international level. Nigeria’s U-20 team, the Flying Eagles beat their Ukrainian counterparts 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands by a Taiye Taiwo goal.