AS the Super Eagles warm up to the international friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso in London in March, records show that the Nigerian team have faired better in previous encounters against their West African neighbours.
The trend is likely to continue in London as the Eagles, under current manager Gernot Rohr, have remained unbeaten in three matches. In their World Cup qualifiers against Zambia and Algeria, the Eagles won both matches comfortably in Ndola and Uyo.
The Super Eagles will face the Teranga Lions on 23 March and the Stallions four days later as part of their build-up for the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in June.
Nigeria have won eight, drawn five and lost three times in 16 previous matches against Senegal.
They have never lost to Burkina Faso in 13 previous games. However, it might be tougher for the Eagles this time as the Senegalese who got kicked out in the quarter final of the 2017 AFCON look stronger now than ever. Burkina Faso on the other hand were semi finalists at the same tournament. They only lost out to Egypt on penalties.
Both friendlies will take place at the Hive stadium in Canons Park – home of English fourth-tier side Barnet FC.
Three-time African champions Nigeria have failed to qualify for the last two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.
But under new manager Gernot Rohr, who took charge in August, the Super Eagles got off to a flying start in their 2018 World Cup qualifiers, recording a 2-1 win in Zambia and a 3-1 victory at home against Algeria.
“We are not thinking too far ahead of the World Cup games against Cameroon later in the year,” Rohr told BBC Sport.
“These two friendly matches in England will help us prepare for South Africa in June.”