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NFF hunts for African opposition, after sealing Eagles/Brazil


  17 Septembre      11        Sport (2800),

   

Abuja, Sept. 17, 2019 (NAN) The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday revealed that the federation was working hard at sealing a match with an African team for the Super Eagles,

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NFF had on Monday night announced that the three –time African champions would play Brazil in a friendly in Singapore on Oct. 13.

Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Director of Communications, disclosed on Tuesday in a statement in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital that Nigeria and Brazil would tango in a much –anticipated encounter at the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore on Oct. 13.

This is coming 23 years after Nigeria, on their way to winning Africa’s first Olympic football gold, spanked the Selecao in the semi finals at the Athens Stadium in the State of Georgia, USA.

“Efforts to match the two teams in a friendly match after that spectacular game came to naught for several years.

“This was until the organizers of the 8th All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted in 2003 flew the Brazilians to Abuja in June of that year. Brazil won 3-0.

“There has been no competitive tie between both countries’ senior teams since that memorable U23 match in Georgia.

“So, next month’s session will test the character of the African champions who are somewhat building a new team after a rash of retirements and injuries to key players.

“That new breed came close to shocking Ukraine in a friendly match in Dnipro a week ago, before bungling a two-goal lead to stalemate at 2-2,” Olajire noted.

The statement also quoted NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi as saying that the NFF was indeed happy to have been able to seal the deal with Brazil.

“We are happy to have sealed this encounter with Brazil, the five-time champions of the world. It is not every day that you get to Brazil, and I think it is very good for our young team.

“The NFF 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,” Sanusi said.

NAN also reports that the Super Eagles have two 2021 AFCON qualifying dates in November.

After hosting the Squirrels of Benin Republic on Nov. 14, they will fly to Maseru for a Day Two encounter with the Crocodiles of Lesotho on Nov. 19. (NAN)

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