Former Super Eagles’ captain, Nwankwo Kanu has declared that the Nigerian team should go all out with their best efforts to beat Brazil in the upcoming international friendly, in order to build their confidence to a height heading into the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
With the Eagles set to play Benin Republic on November and then visit Lesotho few days later in their first two matches of the race to Cameroon 20912, ‘Papilo’ is of a view that victory against Brazil on October 13th in Singapore would be the best build-up outing for the continental stage.
The game at Singapore National Stadium will be the second clash between Nigeria and Brazil at senior level, after The Samba Boys won 3-0 in Abuja in 2003, with goals from Gil, Luis Fabiano and Carlos Souza highlighting the opening of Nigeria’s national stadium.
After failing to get his pound of flesh against Brazil in that encounter, Kanu, who captained Nigeria on the evening in Abuja, but could not lead the side to repeat heroics of their stunning victory in the semi-finals of Atlanta ’96 Olympic Games at under-23 level, charged the current asset of Eagles to ensure they avenge the home loss of 2003.
He went on to urge the Eagles’ players, coaches and officials to take the match with Brazil as more than a friendly, but more like a cup final, as pride, history and bragging rights will be at stake, while also pointing out that victory would go a long way in boosting Nigeria’s surge up the monthly global rankings by world soccer governing body, FIFA.
Kanu posited: “Every game should be seen as a big competition regardless of the nature of the match. Friendly or no friendly, Nigerians will always expect the Super Eagles to give their best in every game they go into.
“There is a lot of pressure for the players especially playing against a team like Brazil. The Samba Boys are one of the best football playing nations in the world and if the boys can beat them it will be a massive boost for their confidence going into the AFCON qualifiers.”