Nigeria’s opponents in Friday’s international friendly, Saudi Arabia, have taken the second step to bid for the 2034 World Cup by submitting a letter of intent to host the tournament, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
Three-time African champions Super Eagles will face the Green Falcons at the Estadio Municipal de Portimao, Portugal.
It is the second-ever clash between both countries. Both teams battled to a scoreless draw in a pre-2010 World Cup friendly game at the Alpenstadion in Wattens, Austria on May 25, 2010.
According to a statement from the Saudi Arabian Football Federation signed by its president, Yasser Al Misehal, “Last week we announced our ambitions to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup, and this official submission continues our journey to make the dreams of our people a reality.
“We are extremely committed to presenting the most competitive bid possible that will also help unite the world through football.”
SAFF declared their intention last Wednesday to bid for the tournament, with over 70 FIFA Member Associations from across different continents have publicly pledged their support for the kingdom.
Last week, FIFA named Morocco, Spain and Portugal as co-hosts of the 2030 World Cup, with Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay hosting the opening matches to mark the tournament’s centenary.