Former Super Eagles assistant coach and goalkeepers’ trainer, Joe Erico has added his voice to permutations ahead of Nigeria’s upcoming international friendly against Brazil, with a view that the October 13 match in Singapore will help the team’s array of young players gain another level of exposure against a high-profile opponent.
The ex-international shot-stopper noted that there should not be any pressure on the coach and players, since nothing is at stake in terms of competitive points, but reasoned further that a likely victory would add to Nigeria’s credentials in world football.
He added during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that the match at Singapore National Stadium will also accord each of the players another opportunity to gain value in their individual careers, as it would be a step forward in terms of exhibiting their talents against a top-rated side.
The ‘Jogo Bonito Exponent’ submitted with a verdict that the Eagles will gain many benefits from the game, even if they lose, as he believes is a right step towards further enhancing the growing reputation of Nigeria’s current band of young players, who have potentials of making better things happen for the country in years to come, while concluding that it would be good to see them make a strong statement with a decent performance against The Samba Boys.
Erico reasoned at length: “I am happy that our team is playing this time of match. It’s a quality friendly that can help the young players in our team. My expectation is nothing much, just that we will use it to gain credence, because there is nothing at stake. Win or lose, we will surely gain something. It’s a great opportunity for the young ones.”