Ugbade: Brazil’s Pride At Stake Vs U-23 Eagles

Ugbade: Brazil’s Pride At Stake Vs U-23 Eagles

Former Nigeria international Nduka Ugbade has predicted a tough game for the U-23 Eagles against Brazil in Thursday's international friendly game.

Both Nigeria and Brazil will be using the friendly match to prepare for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio.


In a chat with Completesportsnigeria.com, Ugbade however pointed out that what should be imperative for the U-23 Eagles is not the result but what will be learnt in the game.

"It's going to be extremely difficult. It could be described as a noncompetitive match in competition," Ugbade tolf Completesportsnigeria.com. "But it's competitive because it is Brazil and Nigeria. If Nigeria defeat Brazil, there would be a lot of stories to be told but for reasons of honour and dignity, I don't think the Brazilians would want to lose to Nigeria at home.

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"We will see a Brazilian side with mental speed, German character, South American ball intelligence. So it is going to be extremely difficult for Nigeria. But you can't rule out the fact that we can get something out of the game, we all remember how we defeate them in 1996.

"In the number of occasions I have faced Brazil, we have managed to control the game but they've managed tactically to win and score a lot of goals against us. Not losing the game is not the most important thing but what we are able to garner from the match."

The last time Nigeria met Brazil at this level was in Atlanta 1996, with Nigeria winning 4-3 in extra-time. 



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