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NGR vs Brazil: Can Rohr’s Eagles avenge 2003 humiliation?

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria to take on the 5-time world cup winners, Brazil in an international friendly match on October 13, 2019.
The Super Eagles last week which faced Ukraine in a friendly that ended in a 2-2 draw are already preparing ahead for their international friendly with Brazil.
In a press release via the Brazilian Football Confederation, the venue for the international friendly has been fixed for Singapore.
Gernot Rohr which is using these matches to prepare the Super Eagles ahead of the November’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers with Benin Republic and Lesotho.
Three days earlier than that, Tite’s Brazilian squad will face 2019 AFCON runners-up Senegal at the National Stadium in Singapore.
In 2003, Brazil and Nigeria met for a friendly that ended 3-0 in favour of the South Americans of Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja. Now, not only will Nigeria’s Super Eagles be preparing for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers through this second meeting, but they will also be looking to revenge that 16-year-old loss they suffered.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has unveiled his 23-man list for the friendly match against five-time world champions, Brazil.
While the substantive captain of the national team, Ahmed Musa, is out injured, Rohr has opted to leave out some other high-profile names from his latest roster.
Despite ending his 28-match goal drought a few days ago, Leicester of England’s Kelechi Iheanacho has been left out, same as Leon Balogun and Bryan Idowu who were both invited for the last friendly against Ukraine.
Conversely, the Super Eagles coach has picked in-form Granada of Spain midfielder Ramon Azeez, who scored against Barcelona, as well as Czech –based forward Peter Olayinka, who was one of the goal scorers in the matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League group phase
Also, defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem have returned from injury. Beyond that, the squad is largely unchanged from the side that was forced to a 2-2 draw by Ukraine in Dnipro on September 10.
Goalkeepers –  Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, and Maduka Okoye also retained their places.
England –based midfielder Wilfred Ndidi also returns after missing the Ukraine encounter with an injury.
Alex Iwobi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Scotland –based Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, who scored on his debut against Ukraine, are all back in midfield, with Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, Paul Onuachu and Emmanuel Dennis all back in the frontline.
CSKA Sofia of Bulgaria winger Viv Efosa Solomon-Otabor has been handed a late call-up by Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr as replacement for the injured Samuel Kalu in his squad for the October 13 friendly against Brazil at the National Stadium, Singapore.
It is the first time Solomon-Otabor has been  invited to the Super  Eagles.
“Viv Efosa Solomon-Otabor of PFC CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria has been called up by Coach Gernot Rohr to replace injured Bordeaux winger, Samuel Kalu for the 13th October friendly against Brazil in Singapore,” reads a Tweet on the Nigeria Football Federation’s  Twitter  handle on Sunday night.
Kalu picked up an injury in training with his French club, Bordeaux  and missed Saturday’s  3-1 away loss at Toulouse as result of the setback.
Solomon-Otabor, 23,  has featured in seven league games for CSKA Sofia this season. The wing-back will miss the Super Eagles friendly against the South American giants after sustaining an injury.
Torino wing-back Ola Aina has been ruled out of Nigeria’s international friendly against Brazil on Sunday.
The 23-year-old sustained an injury after a domestic accident and subsequently pulled out of the Super Eagles warm-up game in Singapore.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will be expected to name a replacement for the former Chelsea defender.
Meanwhile, Goalkeeper Ezenwa has failed to get visa to Singapore.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are experiencing some setbacks due to visa problems ahead of the friendly game against Brazil on Sunday, October 13.
Nigeria will face Brazil in the friendly game at the National Stadium in Singapore but visa issues to the Asian country have brought some drawbacks for the Super Eagles.
Super Eagles home-based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa along with assistant coaches, Alloy Agu, Imama Amapakaboand team administrator Dayo Enebi have been unable to get their visas to Singapore.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are however still hopeful that the delegation will get their visas before Thursday, October 10.
The Super Eagles camp at the Fairmont Hotel has already opened with a couple of players expected on Wednesday.
A host of Super Eagles players are already in camp. The likes of Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, William Troost-Ekong, Samuel Chukweuze and Chidozie Awaziem arrived in Singapore in the early hours of Wednesday.
Brazil have been in town since Monday as they prepare for two friendly games. First against Senegal on Thursday, October 10 and against Nigeria on Sunday.
However, former Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu has advised the Super Eagles to approach their October 13 friendly match against the Brazilian national team as a world cup game.
The ex-Eagles captain in an interview said the players should know Nigerian fans do not see any game as a friendly, but always expect them to give their best.
He said, “I see every game as a World Cup match, as a competition, friendly or no friendly, and if the boys can take that on board, knowing that every game they play, Nigerians will not want to know if it is friendly or not.
“There is a lot of pressure because everybody loves football, they don’t want to hear that Nigeria went to a game and lost.
“I don’t think people will really appreciate the boys if they lost in a friendly game, that’s how it is here. The boys have to take it on board and ensure that every game they play, they have to do well.
“Against Brazil, they are one of the best, and those are the kind of friendlies we should be playing. I say thanks to whoever has made this possible.
“Playing against Brazil will show the level of football they are playing and where they are, and if they can beat Brazil, the full confidence and belief of the boys will grow.
“And for me, it’s always tough when Nigeria and Brazil play each other, whoever will represent us should know it’s not a friendly game,” Kanu added.
Rohr also named Tyronne Ebuehi as replacement for Leganes of Spain defender, Kenneth Omeruo on Saturday.
A few days back, the Brazilian Football Confederation also named a strong and star-studded squad that will face the Super Eagles.
Brazil coach, Tite, invited all of his best players except for the injured Liverpool FC goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, who has been out since the first game of the Premier League season.
A total of 22 players have been invited with the inclusion of Paris-Saint-Germain star player Neymar and former Barcelona defender Dani Alves.
The Samba Boys are hoping to get in shape for the South American 2022 World Cup qualifiers while the Eagles will be using the friendly as a build-up for the preparation for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.

SUPER EAGLES POSSIBLE LINE-UP
Francis Uzoho
Shehu Abdullahi
William Troost-Ekong
Jamilu Collins
Semi Ajayi
Wilfred Ndidi
Oghenekaro Etebo
Alex Iwobi
Victor Osimhen
Samuel Kalu
Moses Simon

EURO QUALIFIER FIXTURES
Kazaklistan vs Cyprus
Belarus vs Estonia
Slovakia vs Wales
Russia vs Scotland
Netherlands vs Northern Ireland
Latvia vs Poland
Belgium vs San Marino
Croatia vs Hungary
North Macedonia vs   Slovenia
Austria vs Israel
Turkey vs Albania
Ukraine vs Lithuania
Montenegro vs Bulgaria
Czech Rep. vs England
Iceland vs France
Portugal vs Luxemburg
Andorra vs Moldova
Georgia vs Ireland
Denmark vs Switzerland
FaroeIslands vs Romania
Bosnia/Herzegov   vs Finland

FRIENDLIES FIXTURES
Germany vs Argentina
Brazil vs Senegal
Venezuela vs Bolvia
Haiti vs Costa Rica
Brazil vs Nigeria
South Africa vs Mali
Ecuador vs Argentina
Czech Rep. vs Northern Ireland
Denmark vs Luxemburg

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