The Nigeria Super Eagles, made up entirely of domestic league players, will play a friendly game in Uyo to formally open the new Akwa Ibom Stadium on November 6.
The officials of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday.
It said the friendly encounter, which is bankrolled by the Akwa Ibom State Government, will see the Super Eagles play a North African team that will be confirmed this week.
The team’s head coach, Amodu Shaibu, plans to use the opportunity of this international friendly to begin preparations for Nigeria’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations campaigns in November.
“22 players will be called up to camp in Uyo from Sunday, November 2 ahead of the friendly and that game will afford us a wonderful opportunity to see some of our best legs in the domestic league more closely,” Shaibu said.
“We will have the opportunity of working with them for about three days before the friendly. Some of those who show the quality we are looking for will then join the main squad for the qualifiers.’
He thanked the Akwa Ibom State Government as well as the Nigeria Football Federation for putting the programme together.
The new 30,000 capacity Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo is also expected to host Nigeria’s final 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on November 19.