Three-time African champions Nigeria have full capacity in Singapore as they began training sessions on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s friendly with five-time world champions Brazil.
Stoke City of England’s Oghenekaro Etebo is a late withdrawal from the roster, but all the other 21players trained on Thursday morning and will train twice today. The officialtraining session will take place on Saturday, with the match scheduled to kickoff at 1:00pm Nigeria time on Sunday.
Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has opted not to call any more players following the withdrawal of Etebo, and Wednesday’s withdrawal of defender Ola Aina as a result of an injury. The Franco-German already replaced defender Kenneth Omeruo with TyronneEbuehi, while Efosa Solomon-Otabor joined the camp following France-based Samuel Kalu’s unavailability.
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Solomon-Otabor and forward Peter Olayinka are coming into the Nigeria senior camp for the firsttime ever while Ebuehi returns for the first time since the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Former junior international midfielder Ramon Azeez also makes a return, and defenders Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem, as well as midfielder Wilfred Ndidi are back after missingthe 2-2 draw with Ukraine in Dnipro last month.