African friendlies: Super Eagles tackle Algeria, Black Stars meet Brazil, Morocco play Chile


The international break doesn’t necessarily need to be boring for you.

With club football on a pause for a bit, and a handful of national teams using the break to prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, this international break will see a number of high-profile friendly matches involving African countries.

While some will involve teams heading to the mundial in Qatar in November and December, others will be games teams will use to get themselves in shape for the AFCON qualifiers that will resume next year.

Here are 3 friendlies involving African teams you should watch in the absence of club football.

Brazil vs Ghana – Friday, September 23

Coach Otto Addo will get a chance to understand his team better ahead of the World Cup in November when they face five-time world champions Brazil.

Having qualified for the World Cup at the expense of Nigeria, Ghana’s Black Stars are looking to get themselves in good shape to fly Africa’s colours high in Qatar

In their three encounters with Brazil, Ghana have conceded five goals without a response, losing 1-0 twice in 2007 and 2011, as well as 3-0 in the Round of 16 in the 2006 World Cup.

Addo will be expected to line up experienced players in his squad such as Thomas Partey, Daniel Amartey, the in-form Mohammed Kudus, and new Ghanaian allegiants Inaki Williams and Tariq Lamptey.

Morocco vs Chile – Friday, September 23

Another World Cup-bound African side the Atlas Lions of Morocco would take on another World Cup-bound South American team in this window – Chile.

Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech returned to Moroccan national team following the departure of former coach Vahid Halilhodzic

Morocco recently replaced Vahid Halilhodzic with former Wydad Casablanca coach Walid Regragui and will look to repair strained relationships between their players and the technical bench as they prepare for their sixth appearance on the global stage.

The only time both sides have met on senior level – June 1998 – the friendly encounter ended in a draw.

Algeria vs Nigeria – Tuesday, September 27

Nigeria and Algeria will meet for the 22nd time in their history as the Super Eagles will look to better their magnificent 10-0 victory over Sao Tome and Principe in the last international window.

Super Eagles in training session for Algeria game

For Nigeria coach Jose Peseiro it will be his fifth official game as Nigeria travel to Oran to face the Desert Foxes.

With key players such as Wilfred Ndidi, Ahmed Musa, Samuel Chukwueze Emmanuel Dennis, Victor Osimhen and Umar Sadiq ruled out from the clash due to various forms of injury, Algeria will fancy their chances of repeating their famous 2-1 win over Nigeria, they recorded en route the final of 2019 AFCON.