More facts have emerged in the line of factors that led to Brazil lining up an international friendly against Nigeria, as officials of the South American country believe the Super Eagles will give their team a high-level confrontation.
Although Eagles’ tactician, Gernot Rohr had been hoping to line his squad out next against Africa opposition, ahead of the Nations Cup qualifiers in November, he will first have to face The Samba Boys, whose coordinator, Juninho Paulista says they will cherish facing stiff competition from the Nigerian team.
The game between countries will now take place on October 13th in Singapore National Stadium at 5am Nigeria time, few days after The Samba Boys also battle The Teranga Lions of Senegal, in a double-battle that Paulista says will stretch his team to the limit.
He noted that the current rankings for both countries by global football governing body, FIFA, which places Senegal 20th in the world and Nigeria 33rd, means they are both two of Africa’s best teams of the moment and will surely provide very good oppositions for Le Selecao.
It will also be a rematch of sort between Nigeria and Brazil, as both countries clashed for the first time in 2003 at Abuja Stadium, in a game that Le Selecao won 3-0, with former World Footballer of The Year, Ronaldinho one of their star attractions of that game, but the goals were scored by Gil, Luís Fabiano and Adriano.
For the upcoming game next month, Seleção head coach, Tite is set to hand call-ups to Brazil’s poster boy, Neymar who remained at Paris Saint-Germain when the transfer window closed for business, while Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League winner, Roberto Firmino and The Reds’ former winger, Philippe Coutinho are all also billed for the game in Singapore.
As for Senegal, it would be a first-ever clash with Brazil, but Paulista added that it is noteworthy that The Lions placed second at this year’s African Cup of Nations in Egypt, while Nigeria finished third, such that they both fit well into a concept established by the president of Brazil National Technical Commission to see The Samba Boys play against top-50 opponents in the FIFA ranking.
Paulista disclosed: “We chose two of the best African teams because they are high-level confrontations and against a school that the Brazilian National Team has had few encounters in recent years. It was a wish of the Technical Commission, so we went after these opponents.”