Shevchenko reveals why Ukraine chose Super Eagles for friendly

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Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko has explained the reason behind their decision to play Nigeria in a friendly despite the fact that his team is preparing for the 2020 European Championship.

According to Shevchenko, the date for the fixture is not a day of friendly matches so finding an European opponent was difficult.

Ukraine, one of the in-form teams in Europe at the moment, put three goals past Lithuania in their latest fixture, a result which keeps them in firm control to qualify for the European Championship.

”First of all, this is due to the fact that a lot of matches are being held now, there is a selection, and most teams are just participating in official matches,” said Shevchenko to Football TV channel.

”This date is not a day of friendly games, so finding a European opponent was very difficult. Therefore, the Association chose to play with the African team.

”This is a very good team. It will be interesting to play against them.”

Shevchenko is expected to hand run-outs to fringe players in the squad in the game against the Super Eagles which will begin at the Dnipro Arena at 19:30 on Tuesday.

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