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Pinnick announces Zimbabwe and Senegal AFCON warm-ups for Nigeria


Nigeria will face Zimbabwe and Senegal in friendlies ahead of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation announced on Wednesday.

The Super Eagles, runners up in the competition last year, will host the Warriors on June 8 in Asaba before facing the continent’s top side Senegal in Egypt, the tournament hosts, eight days later.


“There cannot possibly be a better way to get into the AFCON spirit than playing the number one–ranked team in Africa just before the finals begin,” Amaju Melvin Pinnick said.

Nigeria, three-time African champions, open their campaign against Burundi on June 22 and will also play Guinea and debutants Madagascar in the group stage.

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