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NFF Seeks African Opposition For Super Eagles After Securing Brazil Friendly

NFF Seeks African Opposition For Super Eagles After Securing Brazil Friendly

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is working hard to also secure an international friendly match with an African team for the Super Eagles, after announcing on Monday night that the three –time African champions will play Brazil in Singapore on Sunday, October 13, reports Completesports.com.

The Super Eagles will face five-time world champions Brazil in the at the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang in the October FIFA international window.

The Selecao defeated the West Africans 3-0 the last time both teams met in a friendly match in 2003 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Gernot Rohr’s men were held to a 2-2 draw by Ukraine in their last friendly last week Tuesday at the Dnipro Arena.

Rohr stated in an interview after the game that he will like his team to face an African team in the next FIFA window ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures set to commence in November.

The Super Eagles will face the Squirrels of Benin on November 14 in their first game of the AFCON 2021 qualifiers, then will fly to Maseru for a matchday-2 encounter with the Crocodiles of Lesotho on November 19.

“We are happy to have sealed this encounter with Brazil, the five-time champions of the world. It is not everyday that you get to play Brazil, and I think it is very good for our young team,” general secretary of the NFF, Mohammed Sanusi, told the Federation’s website.

“The Nigeria Football Federation must also commend Eurodata Sport, our FIFA –licensed Match Agent, for pulling this off. Having said that, the focus now is on getting an African team for the Super Eagles as a second match for the FIFA window in October, ahead of their 2021 AFCON qualifying matches in November.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • That will be fantastic if it’s possible!

  • Pompei 2 years ago

    Wow, nice one NFF!

  • Go for ivory coast

  • Aleks 2 years ago

    FIFA window is October 7 – 15. With the Brazilian game holding in Singapore on October 13, logistically, it’s going to be pretty difficult to organise another friendly match within this window, except the selected African team will accept to play the match in Singapore also, or alternatively in Europe.
    If the African game takes place in Nigeria, after club games in the preceding weekend, the players will likely start arriving on Monday 8th, with a full house expected at best on Tuesday 9th. If a game is scheduled on Wednesday 10th, the team may likely play without a full house training session. For the Brazilian game on October 13, the team will have to travel latest by October 10 in order to recover from fatigue and have at least two training sessions before the match.
    Since most (if not all) of our players are based in Europe, best bet is to schedule the African game in centralise European location like England or France on October 9 or 10, then fly straight to Singapore for the Brazilian game. With a European location for the first game, we can have at least 18 players in camp by October 9. 

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Excellent analysis Sir Aleks. I just hope someone at the FA is reading this.
      A team like Mali or Togo who has most of their players in France will be good for the SE to play in Paris by the 9th, with the team flying to Singapore straight from there.

  • Peter Olayinka Oladeji, a Nigerian footballer, who plays as Forward for Slavia Prague in the Fortuna Liga just scored against almighty Inter Milan in San Siro in UEFA CHAMPIONS League.

    Is this not more trouble for GR? I wonder what he will be thinking now…

    • greenturf 2 years ago

      I saw the game,interestingly,Sparta put up a spirited performance.There passing was a beauty and Peter took his chance well.
      However,its too early to clamour for his invite at international stage,Gernot Rohr wouldn’t invite Peter on the back of the goal scored against Internationale alone.To get that invitation,he has to score more goals at the champions league and play to a higher level not just to convince his country’s manager rather put himself in the shopping window.There’s no better platform to do just that than the champions league.
      I have followed Olayinka from his days at the Belgian league,where he excelled on loan from Gents.
      He is a highly skilled professional who can play anywhere upfront with great input guaranteed in basically every shift.To get the attention of Rohr i implore he move to a top five league in Europe.However,he is playing in a competition which will make that ambition a reality.Good,he started well against internationale,and i hope he carries on in that order to realise his dreams.
      All the best lad.

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    Thank you NFF for this friendly match against Brazil. I think NFF are reading our comments on this forum. This is what I said after the Ukraine match. We need grade A friendly matches for our team.

    Now, Sunday is a perfect day for that match.

    The Super Eagles coach haven’t learned their lessons. They always burned their energy in the first half and tired in the second half.

    This happened against South Africa in Uyo and they were beaten 2-0 if I’m not mistaken. This problem also occured against Ukraine and its ended 2-2 I am expecting that to happen against Brazil.

    However, Brazil is not Ukraine. For me, its pretty sure that coach Rohr will lose the match according to his last interview after the Ukraine match.

    He believes that his team can not win against the big teams and any team that above Nigeria in FIFA ranking, Super Eagles can not beat them. If I’m going by that comment, there’s no way coach Rohr team can beat Brazil because he has installed that belief in his team.

    If the same thing happens against Brazil, what should we do Nigerians????
    Have your say my people. I hope Brazil won’t disgrace us in that match comes in October.

    Shall we continue with the gentleman or Amunike, Peter Rufai should stepped in? Enough of excuses.

    This is not about the colour, white or black but experience, tactics and results are matter most.

    I want to use this match to access the strength of the coach. This is a perfect time. Coach Rohr fans, the judgment day is coming. Yes, October 13 is the day. Please no more excuses.

    We saw the Chaos in Russia last year world cup, in Egypt this year Afcon and we can’t continue that way.

    I do not hate anybody. It’s about our Country. Yeah, I love my Country too much. I just don’t know why. I’m doing this for my Country. I want progress for our lovely Super Eagles. Coach Rohr have done well, I appreciate him a lot and if he can’t go beyond this level, it’s time to say Good bye. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • What is your problem with the coach? Because football technocrats are praising the man and you are always witch hunting him

      • Uchenna 2 years ago

        Sad enough, it’s an online forum where faces are hidden, if you know who Omo9ja is, you won’t be surprise he wants Rohr off his work.

    • And you think Amunike and Peter Rufai are better options than Rohr?
      How sad

  • Alamin 2 years ago

    I give thanks to Allah. it has been long I last comment on the platform I miss everybody here. what a shame to me for just commenting today after some months back, but I still thank God.
    I am very happy with this upcoming friendly with Brazil, it been somehow long since we play top side like this. kudos to NFF. looking forward to a very entertaining match that day, may Allah spear our lives. Amen. I am very glad that I am back.

  • It’s a no brainer. Brazil are playing both Nigeria and Senegal in Singapore in October.
    Nigeria should fix the second match to be against Senegal in Singapore.

    Job done

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Hmmmm…..That wouldn’t be a bad idea after all. Great thinking there @BigD

    • mr Hush 2 years ago


      Not really feasible;

      It is a two international match window.
      And Senegal is playing Brazil first. Why we sit idle. 
      The next match,we are playing Brazil; Senegal sits idle.

      So we need to play somebody while Senegal plays Brazil.
      Because it is going to be impossible to play Senegal on the same day we play Brazil.
       The anomaly is on the match day one(if I can use it like that)..
      For me,it is going to be hard logistically; especially since the FA and coach wants to play and African team.
      The best way out of this; is by playing an Asian side,due to their closeness(in term of location to Singapore);
      I know it is going to be substandard,due to the fact most Asian teams ain’t that really good.
      Well,it is just a friendly. We can play China,Japan,south Korea or even the host Singapore. We can always learn from playing Asian sides too.

      If not that,we have to stress the boys by playing in Europe against an african side,and fly same day or the next to singapore to honour our match against Brazil.
      That would be tough on the boys.

      OR we pay an African team to fly to singapore to play us. That for me is another option;but not one I subscribe to.

      Well,it is up to the FA.

  • @bigd senegal will play brazil on the 10th and the window is frome 7th to 15th then how can we play senegal?. the best thing is for we to play another african team in segapore on the same day brazil will senegal wich i know that the nff can do if we can tell our selves the truth. It can be on the same venu or in another venu

  • i like this coming match, 3gbosa to you nff. abeg forget africa opposition, play england. england team also physical as an african team.

    four talented and exciting young players added to super eagle.

    good news for rohr, atleast he will opportunity to express his slang when fail, “my team is young.”

    when will this young shall grow?


  • Austin 2 years ago

    technically, the super eagles appear to be lagging behind. I want rohr to up his game or if he can’t we can draft in amunike to assist him. We have fantastic players now both experienced and the new ones in international duty so no excuses. Hopefully we’ll have a full squad by then. All the best super eagles.

  • please rate my lineup against brazil… 4.3.3. or formation.







  • balorx 2 years ago

    How about we also play Senegal after Brazil, since all of us dey same Singapore? Some kinda 3team group stuff where each team faces the two other teams in the group.
    Brazil vs Senegal
    Senegal vs Nigeria
    Nigeria vs Brazil

  • Go for Ghana Black Star