Our prediction for this match:
All eyes will be on AT&T Stadium when Mexico and Nigeria face each other in a highly-anticipated international friendly. El Tri did well to qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals, and, no doubt, head coach Gerardo Martino will use upcoming warm-up games to test as many players as possible for the showpiece tournament in Qatar. All Raul Jimenez, Jesus Corona, Andres Guardado, and Hector Herrera made the cut, while Javier Hernandez Chicharito has been omitted once again.
The Super Eagles, on the other hand, missed out on a spot at the World Cup, but they will soon be in action in competitive matches as they kick off their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in June. Anyhow, the share of spoils is on the cards at AT&T Stadium as the two teams seem to be evenly matched. As for Nigeria, attacker Umar Sadiq has been omitted as he is on a quest to help Almeria secure automatic La Liga promotion.
Highlighted Player (Hector Herrera):
Mexico international Hector Herrera is a 26-year-old midfielder playing for Portugal giants FC Porto. Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. During his first season with the Dragons Herrera struggled for playing time, but he went on to cement his place in the starting eleven, becoming one of the most valuable players for the club.
Herrera has since them racked up over 110 performances for the Portugal side, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Full Mexico international since 2012, Hector Herrera represented his country at the 2014 World Cup.
During the summer of 2016 Herrera was heavily linked with a move away from Porto and was reported to have made a personal agreement with Italian side Napoli, but the €25 million asking price proved to be a stumbling block that ended up ruining the deal.
Highlighted Team (Nigeria):
Nigeria is an African national football team controlled by Nigeria Football Federation. The Super Eagles are well known for their green and white kits, but they played some descent football in the past as well. The Nigerians did well to qualify for six of last seven World Cup finals (as of 2018), with the team reaching the last six of the showpiece tournament three times.
Jay-Jay Okocha, Taribo West and Nwankwo Kanu are the most famous footballers that played for Nigeria. The Super Eagles played their first official match back in October 1949 while still a Brittish colony and it has to be noted that they were ranked 5th in the FIFA rankings in April 1994, which remains the highest FIFA ranking position ever achieved by a national team from Africa.
Speaking of the African Cup of Nations, Nigeria won the tournament on three occasions: 1980, 1994 and 2013, with the team finishing as runners-up in 1984, 1988, 1990 and 2000.