Ex-International Nduka Ugbade has declared his believe that the Super Eagles will perform well in the two international friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso holding in London.
Ugbade, who was the first African to lift a World Cup when he captained the U-17 to win the cadet championship in 1985, on Wednesday noted that the team was a mixture of young talents and experience.
He further said that the friendlies would be a good test for the Eagles, adding that Senegal and Burkina Faso were worthy adversaries.
“I’m happy we secured the games against some of Africa’s toughest teams.
“Senegal with all their stars will be a very good test for Nigeria, while Burkina Faso are also tough as they showed at the last Africa Cup of Nations,” Ugbade said.
“Both teams possess technical and tactical strength as we witnessed in the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
“So, the games will help prepare the team for the tough tasks ahead as we have to do all we can to qualify for the World Cup and Nations Cup.
“These kinds of games are good for the players and the coaches too, to enable them to see areas that need to be worked on.
“I believe Nigeria will do well in the games as the new coach, Gernot Rohr, has shown what he can do in the few games he has been in charge.”
The Super Eagles will engage Senegal at Barnet Football Club’s ground ‘The Hive’ on Thursday and then play the Etalons of Burkina Faso four days later.
The two friendlies in London are being used to get the team ready for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which start in June and the resumption of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in August.