When Zimbabwe Warriors play against Super Eagles on Saturday in Asaba, the team would have played against the entire four Group A teams of Egypt 2019.
Last year in Port Harcourt, Nigeria played DR Congo as a valedictory encounter just before the Super Eagles departed for Russia 2018.
The central African country falls within Group A of the 2019 first round games along with Egypt, which the Super Eagles met last March in Asaba.
Last year November, the Super Eagles played 0-0 with another Afcon 2019 Group A team, Uganda in Asaba.
Zimbabwe thus completed the encounters as a 26 –man delegation of the team known as Warriors, will land in Nigeria on Thursday night aboard a South African Airways flight, ahead of Saturday’s pre-AFCON sendoff international friendly with the Super Eagles.
Thenff.com learnt the Zimbabwe delegation will spend Thursday night in Lagos, and fly to Asaba on Friday morning.
On Friday evening, the Warriors will hold their official training session at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, venue of Saturday’s encounter that begins at 6pm.
Zimbabwe will campaign in Group A of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals taking place in Egypt 21st June – 19th July, alongside host nation Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
Nigeria is the seeded team in Group B that also has Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.
The Warriors will actually kick off the tournament against hosts Egypt at the Cairo Stadium on the night of 21st June.
Meanwhile, three –time champions Nigeria have fully settled down in Asaba for the match, which is the first of their two remaining games leading up to the AFCON. Their last match is against Africa’s number one –ranked team, Senegal in Ismailia on Sunday, 16th June.
Of the 25 players invited by Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr for the final phase of the preparations, only defender William Ekong is expected to arrive on Thursday.
Defender Abdullahi Shehu and forwards Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi arrived the team’s Golden Tulip Hotel just before lunch on Wednesday, while forward Odion Ighalo, top scorer in the entire qualifying campaign, was expected on Wednesday night.
After Saturday’s game, the Nigeria contingent will fly to Egypt on Sunday aboard a chartered aircraft, for another week of intensive strategy and tactics perfection.
The NFF must submit the final list of 23 players to the Confederation of African Football by Tuesday, 11thJune.