West African heavyweights Nigeria and Senegal will meet in a friendly international at the Hive Stadium in London tonight, kick-off at 9 p.m. Both teams will be using the match as preparation for group phase qualifiers in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which get underway in June.
The Super Eagles have been drawn in Group E and will begin their campaign with a clash at home to South Africa, while the Teranga Lions start their Group A campaign by hosting Equatorial Guinea. Nigeria and Senegal have met in 15 official international matches according to FIFA’s statistical database.
The Super Eagles have claimed eight wins compared to four for the Teranga Lions, while three matches have been drawn. The teams’ most recent meeting was a WAFU Nations Cup finals match in 2010 (not recognised by FIFA as an official match), which was won 2-0 by Nigeria.
The teams have further friendlies lined up for the international window: Nigeria will battle Burkina Faso on March 27, while Senegal take on the Ivory Coast on the same day. Both teams have called up strong selections for the matches, though Nigeria have suffered a major blow with news that Victor Moses will be unable to feature.
Senegal’s star man Sadio Mane, has promised that the Teranga Lions will get the better of their West African rivals.