Super Eagles: NFF Seeks African Friendlies
By Samuel Victor Akpan
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is working hard to sealing a match with an African team for the National side after confirming the Super Eagles will take on five-time world champions Brazil in an international friendly in October in Singapore.
This is according to Mohammed Sanusi, General Secretary of the NFF who also says the Brazil friendly will be a huge test of character for the three-time African champions.
“We are happy to have sealed this encounter with Brazil- the five-time champions of the world. It is not every day that you get to play Brazil, and I think it is very good for our young team.”
“The Nigerian Football Federation must also commend Eurodata Sport, our FIFA-licensed match agent for pulling this off. Having said that, the focus is now on getting an African team for the Super Eagles as a second match for the FIFA window in October ahead of their 2021 AFCON Qualifying matches in November”, said Sanusi.
Head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr had following the 2-2 friendly draw with Ukraine in Dnipro requested for a friendly against an African team as his side prepares for the African Cup of Nations Qualifiers in November.
With a rash of retirements after the 2019 AFCON in Egypt and injuries to key players, Gernot Rohr is somewhat rebuilding a new team and will use the friendly matches to give game time to the young players as well as access his squad.
The Super Eagles have two 2021 AFCON qualifying matches in November, starting off with a home tie against the Squirrels of Benin on November 14 before tackling the Crocodiles of Lesotho in Maseru five days later.