NIGERIA /ANGOLA INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
S uper Eagles welcome the Palancas Negras to Abuja in a game that will test the strength of Stephen Keshi's young team as well as prepare Lito Vidigal's men for the Afcon.
Nigeria will play this game with her 'B team', a group of players plying their trade in the local league, called up by Coach Stephen Keshi as the building blocks of a future Super Eagles side after the country failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
Angola will come into the game with a strong side that will prosecute her 2012 Afcon campaign, which commences on January 21.
Palancas Negras' Coach Lito Vidigal will hope that his men will gain a great deal of confidence in the game ahead of her opening clash against Burkina Faso, which is likely to be a tricky encounter. She will then go on to face Ivory Coast and Sudan in Group B.
Eagles are expected to play another game against Liberia in Monrovia ahead of their February 2013 Afcon qualification game against Rwanda.
Nigeria has a few unpleasant memories playing against the Angolans.
This includes the World Cup qualifier in 1989 when midfielder, Sam Okwaraji, slumped and died inside the National Stadium in Lagos.
The Angolans also denied Nigeria a win in Kano during qualification match for the 2006 World Cup as the Super Eagles eventually lost the group ticket to their southern African opponents on the final day.
Angola goes into her sixth Afcon tournament with an experienced side.
In contrast, her opponents in this game have only chalked up 14 international caps.
Angola will play against Ivory Coast, Sudan and Burkina Faso in Group B at the Afcon in Gabon & Equatorial Guinea.