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For the 2nd time ever, Super Eagles clash with Ecuador




It is nearly 18 years since both Nigeria and Ecuador met. That was at the 22 October 2004 LG Cup in Tripoli, Libya. They played a 2-2 draw.

Now, the Nigeria Football Federation and the Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol on Friday announced that the ‘A’ National Teams of both countries will play a friendly match in New Jersey, United States of America on Thursday, 2nd June 2022.

This is coming in the international window which CAF has announced for the group stage of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Nigeria’s opponents will be known on Tuesday when the draw is made.

With the 2 June friendly match with Ecuador, Nigeria will be playing four matches within the international window. They also have a friendly match with Mexico.

For Ecuador, it is a dress rehearsal for their Group A match with Senegal.

Nigeria and Ecuador will clash at the 25,000 –capacity Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey – home to Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls. The stadium was opened in March 2010.


The match comes only five days after three –time African champions Nigeria would have squared up to the El Tri of Mexico, one of the strongest teams in the CONCACAF region, in another prestigious international friendly match at the AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Ecuador, currently ranked 46 in the world by world football –governing body, reached the Round of 16 at the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany (their second appearance at football’s high table, following their debut in the Far East in 2002).

Nigeria have participated at the FIFA World Cup finals on six occasions, reaching the Round of 16 in 1994, 1998 and 2014.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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