Super Eagles To Play Brazil in October Friendly
By Samuel Victor Akpan
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on five-time World champions Brazil in an international friendly in October in Singapore.
This was confirmed in a statement released by the Brazilian Football Federation which revealed that the three-time African champions were selected as opponents because of their top place ranking on the continent.
“On October 10, 2019, the Brazilian National Team will play their first-ever game against Senegal. Best African team in the FIFA Ranking, Senegalese are in the 20th position of the classification.”
“Three days later, on October 13, Brazil and Nigeria (33rd in the FIFA Ranking) face off on the same stage. It will only be the second major squad match against the Nigerians.”
“The opposing teams come from good results in 2019. Senegal and Nigeria finished second and third respectively in the June and July African Cup of Nations. The choice is in line with the concept established between the president of the organization and the Brazilian National Technical Commission, to play against top 50 opponents of the FIFA ranking whenever possible”, read the statement.
This will be the second meeting between the two sides since 2003 when the Selacao defeated Nigeria 3-0 at the Abuja National Stadium courtesy of goals from Gil, Luís Fabiano, and Adriano.
Gernot Rohr- Head coach of the Super Eagles had requested for a friendly against an African team as his side prepares for the African Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho in November.
Nigeria recently played out a 2-2 draw with Ukraine in Dnipro in an International friendly.