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Ukraine coach Andrey Shevchenko has admitted that his side will be up against a “very good team”, when they play the Super Eagles in a friendly affair on Tuesday (today), but says they had to settle for an African side after difficulties in getting European opposition.

Both sides will clash at the Dnipro Arena for the first time ever.“This is a very good team, it will be interesting to play against them,” Shevchenko told Football TV channel. On why the Ukrainian football federation’s decision to play an African side while preparing for their 2020 UEFA EURO qualifiers against Lithuania on October 11, and Portugal on October 14, the gaffer added, “First of all, this is due to the fact that a lot of paired games are being held now, there is a selection, and most teams are just participating in official matches.

“This date is not a day of friendly games, so finding a European opponent was very difficult. Therefore, the association went for an African team.”

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