Talk of a possible international friendly between the Super Eagles and Liberia’s national team, Lone Stars might be put on hold for now, as Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have agreed for a game with Saudi Arabia.
While Liberia were looking to have the Eagles grace a friendly in Monrovia to honour their president, George Opong Weah, the NFF are already in talks with Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF) over a friendly between the two nations next month.
The proposed friendly is expected to hold on September 11, three days after the Eagles tackle Seychelles in their second match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
A friendly between both teams would further cement growing relations between the two countries, boosted by recent transfer of Nigerian trio of Ahmed Musa, Joseph Akpala and Paul Onobi to Saudi Professional League clubs Al-Nassr, Faisaly and Najoom respectively.
The last time Nigeria and Saudi Arabia faced off in a friendly on May 25, 2010, a match in which the two nations battled to a goalless draw.
The Saudi Arabian team have won the AFC Asian Cup three times and won the regional Arabian Gulf Cup in 1994, 2002 and 2003 plus the Arab Nations Cup in 1998 and 2002.
In the latest FIFA world ranking, the Eagles’ potential opponents are ranked 70th, while they occupy the fifth position among Asian Football Confederation countries.