Nigeria to play Mexico in Los Angeles July 3

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Three-time African champions Nigeria will clash CONCACAF Gold Cup holders Mexico a friendly at the famous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum the State California, the Saturday, 3rd July.

The match, which kicks off at 7.30 pm LA time will be the sixth confrontation between the teams both countries, four which have ended draws. The only win the series has gone Mexico, when they trumped a Gold Cup encounter Dallas (State of Texas) 2-1 24th June 1995. Jonathan Akpoborie scored Nigeria’s only goal.

Close-fought confrontations include a 1-1 draw at the FIFA Intercontinental Tournament for the King Fahd Cup (now FIFA Confederations Cup) in Saudi Arabia 13th January 1995 (Mexico prevailed 5-4 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.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, simply known as the LA Coliseum, is a 77,500 –capacity facility 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 continent’s equivalent of the Africa Cup of Nations finals, and determines the continental champion of , Central and the Caribbeans.

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Mexico is the most team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup eight titles and are the current Cup holders.

Nigeria have won the 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. The 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 be able announce this match, which is a clash between two very big teams from two 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 sometime in June. Mexico will play three other games before the clash Nigeria, as part of their MexTour series.