For the Nigerians who will participate in the 19th edition of the FIFA World Cup this summer, this friendly encounter will be vital to help the players assess their techincal abilities. Saudi Arabia's style of play can be very compact and this has helped the Arabic nation to cause a few upsets against African teams.
The 2007 Asian Cup runners-up humiliated a jet-lagged Ghana Black Stars team 5-0 in friendly match three years ago. They stunned Tunisia 1-0 in another friendly encounter last year and beat Congo DR 2-0 in their latest fixture last week. Saudi Arabia usually have a good record against African teams.
Their strength in this area should pose a challenge to Nigeria who are preparing for the 2010 World Cup. The Super Eagles cannot afford to be dominated by the Green Falcons of Saudi Arabia this evening. Nigerians have already set high targets which includes shutting down Group B's top seeds Argentina during the 2010 World Cup. Today's match against which precedes their last friendly match ahead of the tournament in June will have to be won for Nigerian fans to believe that the country's national team has what it takes to shine on the world stage.