Nigeria to host Argentina in friendly
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Nigeria will host Argentina in a friendly match on 1 June in Abuja, Nigerian officials announced.

"We can confirm this match for 1 June in Abuja," said event organiser Devlin Hainsworth at an elaborate event in Lagos to announce the details of the match. "This is a time to have some of the world's best players on Nigerian soil."

Musa Amadu, general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), praised the match organisers for bringing a world-class team like Argentina to the country.

"It will be a big event because the fans have been asking for such a big match since we last hosted Brazil in Abuja in 2003," said Amadu.

The two teams last met in a 2010FIFA World Cup South Africa™ group game in Johannesburg last year, with the South Americans winning 1-0. Argentina's other previous encounter against Nigeria at this level was in a 2002 FIFA World Cup group game, which they also won 1-0.

Officials disclosed that Argentina may also seek to arrange a match against Ghana during their visit to Africa.