Adult fans to pay £18 while Junior fans are to pay £10

The Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF )has confirmed that fans will pay between £10 to £18 for the friendly match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Serbian national team billed for March 27 of this year.

The friendly match has been scheduled to take place in London, but a specific venue has not been announced yet

According to a tweet on the NFF verified Twitter account, tickets for adults will go for £18 (around 9,200) while that of the juniors will go for £10 (around 5,200).

The tweet read, “The road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup continues: join the @NG Super Eagles in London on March 27th for the game against Serbian National team. Tickets start from £18 for adults and £10 for juniors.#SoarSuperEagles #NGASRB.”

Spotkick reported that the 2013 African champion will also lock horns with the three Lions of England in a friendly match scheduled for June 2. 

The friendly game against the Gareth Southgate led boys was reported to be the last of the friendly games the NFF has set aside to prepare the Super Eagles for the World Cup, where they will meet the trio of Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in the group stage.

Other friendly games lined up for the Super Eagles ahead of the World Cup are against Poland, DR Congo and Czech Republic.


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Another International Break!

Didn’t we just have one like five minutes ago?

Well to quote Nikita Mears, ‘This is the last one’, well at least for the year. And with it being the one before all the World Cup places are confirmed, this might be the most dramatic one.

A gruelling journey that started last year- even longer for some- reaches its conclusion come November the 14th, with nine places left to be sorted.

It’s the last train to Russia, lads. Miss that, and toodles:


Two places have already been decided in Africa already, Nigeria and Egypt sealing top spots in Groups B and E respectively last month.

That leaves three spots up for grabs; the most open of them being in Group D, where four points separate first-placed Senegal from bottom of the pile South Africa. Usually a four-point gap would be insurmountable at this stage, but the Senegalese face a double header against the South Africans. Win both, and the Bafana Bafana would be the ones heading for the Cold Eastern Europe. A point though, might be enough for the Teranga Lions, especially considering the superiority of their goal difference to second and third placed Burkina Faso and Cape Verde, both two points behind, and both lock horns in Ouagadougou on Tuesday.

In Group C, it’s straight fight between Cote D’Ivoire and Morocco in the battle for qualification. Morocco are only a point ahead of the Ivoirians, and Herve Renard’s side travel to the Ivory Coast to face his former team on Saturday, in a clear winner-takes-all encounter.

In Group A, Tunisia occupy top spot and have their fate in their own hands, a point at home to Libya, and it’s a first World Cup appearance since 2006 for the 2004 African champions. A defeat though, as improbable as it sounds, would see a window of opportunity open up for second-placed DR Congo, who are also at home, against Guinea.


Group A: DR Congo v Guinea; Tunisia v Libya (11 November)

Group B: Algeria v Nigeria (10 November); Zambia v Cameroon (11 November)

Group C: Gabon v Mali; Cote D’Ivoire v Morocco (11 November)

Group D: South Africa v Senegal (10 November); Burkina Faso v Cape Verde; Senegal v South Africa (14 November)

Group E: Congo v Uganda; Ghana v Egypt (12 November)


It’s play-offs time in Europe, as nine of 13 spots have already been taken by the group winners, and the best eight runners-up do battle for the remaining four tickets.

The biggest tie of the round is not unlikely to be the clash between Sweden and Italy. Italian heads coach Giampiero Ventura has admitted he’s already dreaming of the World Cup with the Azzurri, but he’ll no doubt ne wary of a Swedish side who’ve seemed better as an all-round team since the retirement of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimović. The first leg is at Friends Arena in Solna on Friday, with the return at the San Siro three days after.

Also in the UEFA play-offs, Northern Ireland are close to a first World Cup appearance since 1986, but have to negotiate a tricky tie with a Switzerland side who only lost once in their 10 qualifying games. Managers Michael O’Neill and Vladimir Petkovic have developed both sides as compact and tough to beat, so don’t put your hopes up on a goal-fest in this one.

Elsewhere, Greece have put their Euro 2016 qualifying horror show behind them, and Michael Skibbe’s defensively sound side might prove a hard nut to crack for Croatia, who are seeking a fifth World Cup appearance in six tournaments; while the Republic of Ireland and Denmark do battle in the final play-off pairing.


Northern Ireland v Switzerland (9 November)

Switzerland v Northern Ireland (12 November)

Croatia v Greece (9 November)

Greece v Croatia (12 November)

Sweden v Italy (10 November)

Italy v Sweden (13 November)

Denmark v Ireland (11 November)

Ireland v Denmark (14 November)

In the Conmebol/Oceania play-off, Peru, who would consider themselves unlucky not to secured automatic qualification from the South American round-robin phase, face a double header with New Zealand as they bid to appear in the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.

The AFC/Concacaf tie sees Australia, who have underwhelmed in their qualification campaign so far, and were only millimetres away from elimination against Syria in the previous round, tussle with Honduras, who gained a spot in the play-offs at the expense of the United States.


AFC/Concacaf: Honduras v Australia (9 November); Australia v Honduras (15 November)

Conmebol/Oceania: New Zealand v Peru (11 November); Peru v New Zealand (14 November)

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