ROAD TO RUSSIA: 7 Memorable Super Eagles Pre-World Cup Friendlies Vs European Teams


The outstanding Shorunmu got injured and eventually missed the World Cup.


This was the first time ever Scotland and Nigeria would meet at senior level.

The game was one of the Super Eagles’ friendly games towards the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup.

Played in Pittodrie in Aberdeen, Scotland took the lead through Christian Dailly in the seventh minute.

But a brace in the 40th and 69th minutes from Julius Aghahowa secured a 2-1 win for the Super Eagles.


This was the Super Eagles’ last friendly game before they departed for the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup. It was the first meeting at senior level between both countries.

In action for Ireland who also used the game as tune-up for the 2002 World Cup were big stars Roy Keane, Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Ian Hart and Damien Duff.

A goal in each half by Julius Aghahowa and Efe Sodje in the 13th and 47th minutes respectively put the Eagles 2-0 up.

Steven Reid pulled a goal…

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