Three-time African champions, Nigeria will be the guest of former world champions Brazil at the National Stadium in Singapore in a high profile international friendly match in October.
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced that the Selacao will play two friendlies next month against two African giants with Senegal and Nigeria have chosen to give the national team a strong opposition.
On October 10, 2019, the Brazilian national team will play their first-ever game against Senegal. Best African team in the FIFA Ranking, Senegalese are 20th in the classification.
Three days later, on October 13, Brazil and Nigeria (33rd in the FIFA Ranking) faceoff on the same stage. It will only be the second major squad match.
The first was in 2003 when the Samba Boys beat Nigeria 3-0 in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Gil, Luís Fabiano, and Adriano scored the goals for the Brazilians.
Meanwhile, the Brazilian Football Confederation have confirmed that their senior national team will take on the Super Eagles in a friendly which will be staged in Singapore on October 13.
It will be the second major meeting between the two continental powerhouses, with the South Americans beating Nigeria 3-0 in a previous game back in 2003 in Abuja courtesy of goals from Gil, Luís Fabiano and Adriano.
Barring an injury, Seleção head coach Tite is set to hand call-ups to Brazil’s poster boy Neymar who remained at
Paris Saint-Germain when the transfer window closed for business, Champions League winner Roberto Firmino and Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilians will face Africa’s top ranked team Senegal at the National Stadium in Singapore three days before their match against Nigeria.
Explaining why they chose the two African teams, Coordinator of the National Team, Juninho Paulista said : ”We chose two of the best African teams because they are high level confrontations and against a school that the Brazilian National Team has had few encounters in recent years.
”It was a wish of the Technical Commission, so we went after these opponents”.
The choice of Nigeria meets the proposal, established between the CBF summit and the Brazilian National Technical Commission, to play against top 50 opponents in the FIFA ranking.