Nigeria vs Argentina: Super Eagles friendly gets new location

The previously-cancelled Nigeria vs Argentina friendly has been rescheduled, and will now be held in the United States of America.

The Super Eagles were initially scheduled to play La Albiceleste at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre in China. However, the match was cancelled due to some controversy surrounding Lionel Messi.

After some negotiations, Nigeria and Argentina will still go up against each other in March, as the Super Eagles prepare for their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying games against South Africa and Benin Republic.

Why was the Nigeria vs Argentina friendly cancelled?

The Nigeria vs Argentina game was cancelled due to a row between the Chinese FA and eight-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi.

Although the former Barcelona and PSG player had an obligation to play at least 45 minutes in Inter Miami's friendly match with Hong Kong's best XI, he did not participate in the game.

Nigeria vs Argentina: Super Eagles friendly rescheduled
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While Messi clarified that he was nursing a hamstring injury, the four-time UEFA Champions League winner played in Inter Miami's friendly against Japanese side Vissel Kobe just three days later.

This caused an uproar in China, with some fans viewing his actions as an insult to the country.

As a result, the Chinese government made the decision to cancel Argentina's friendlies against the Super Eagles and the Elephants of Ivory Coast.

When will Nigeria vs Argentina take place?

As it stands, the date and location for the Super Eagles next match is undecided. The highly-anticipated encounter will take place during the March 18 to 26 international break.

Both sides will square off against each other at a yet-undisclosed location in the United States of America.

Nigeria vs Argentina: Super Eagles friendly rescheduled
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It's worth mentioning that Argentina will also take on El Salvador in the same week.

The Super Eagles will resume their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in June when they meet South Africa's Bafana Bafana at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

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