Wednesday, May 28, 2014

International Friendly: Scotland v Nigeria


Craven Cottage, London

After a month's rain in 48 hours, the heavens have mercifully held off before Nigeria grapple with Scotland in their World Cup warm-up match here in London.

Stephen Keshi will be looking to audition several potential members of his final squad in the first of three friendlies before they tackle Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran in Brazil, while Gordon Strachan is planning his assault on Euro 2016 and Scotland's first qualifier, a tall test away to Germany this autumn.

A contrast in styles should be useful preparation for Nigeria's Brazilian adventure, while Scotland manager Strachan is also hoping to benefit from the 90 minutes, explaining, "A good team is a good team."

The supporters have wended their way along the river Thames through the tranquility of the historic Bishops Park.

Outside on the Hammersmith Road, the hum of Nigerian drums and the roar of their trumpets mixed with the bagpipes and good-natured singing of the Tartan Army. We are all set for a fascinating friendly.

Nigeria: Ejide, Yobo, Echiejile, Obi, Egwuekwe, Odunlami, Uzoenyi, Ameobi, Uchebo, Gabriel, Babatunde.

Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Robertson, Greer, Hanley, Morrison, Mulgrew, Brown, Naismith, Maloney, Anya.
  
- Sean O'Conor

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