Nigeria will play Argentina in September friendly – Samson Siasia

The Super Eagles will fulfil their contract to play a rematch against the Albiceleste in Dhaka, Bangladesh on September 6 after weeks of uncertainty in negotiations
Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has confirmed that his team will fulfil a contract to play Argentina in Bangladesh in September as uncertainty surrounded the rematch after the Albiceleste were defeated 4-1 in Abuja in June.

The Super Eagles will be playing an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game against Madagascar two days earlier on September 4 and the thought of flying 17 hours to Asia for the game had troubled the team.

However, Siasia has now put everything to rest and it will mean that the Nigeria Football Federation will not have to pay for contractual default.

"Yes we will play against Argentina on September 6," Siasia told SuperSport.

"The plan is to leave Madagascar after our Nations Cup qualifier aboard a private plane for Bangladesh. So instead of taking a commercial flight that will mean travelling for probably 17 hours, a private plane will be ready for the trip.

"We have taken a look at the game and we feel playing Argentina again will not hurt us. Also, we feel it is a chance for us to continue to see our players in big games. At the same time we, the coaches and players, will learn from the game (against Argentina)."

The South Americans were without star players Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Angel Di Maria when they were pummelled in the earlier game in June.

They, however, did their reputation no good when they failed to impress at the Copa America which they recently hosted, and will hope to use the game to restore their pride.