The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has announced a friendly between the Brazil national team and Nigeria’s Super Eagles for October 13 in Singapore.
The Selecao will face the Super Eagles three days after squaring up to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations runners-up Senegal, as part of their commitment to playing “against top 50 opponents in the FIFA ranking whenever possible”, the CBF statement read. Nigeria is ranked 33rd by the world football governing body.
“We chose two of the best African teams because they are high-level opponents and are from a region that the Brazilian National Team has had few encounters with in recent years,” said Brazil national team Coordinator, Juninho Paulista.
This will be the first meeting between the two nations since 2003, when Brazil beat Nigeria 3-0 in a friendly as part of the opening ceremony for the newly-built Abuja National Stadium.
Gernot Rohr’s side placed third at the Africa Cup of Nations, and are fresh from a 2-2 draw against Ukraine in Dnipro a week ago. The qualification campaign for the 2021 AFCON is set to commence in November, and so this friendly will serve as a final warm-up match, ostensibly.
This announcement will come as a surprise to followers of the Super Eagles, as the German coach had stated his preference for an African opponent in the October international window.