- Brazil vs Nigeria international friendly holds on Sunday, October 13, at Singapore National Stadium
- The encounter will see Selecao stars keep a close tab on Alex Iwobi
- Brazil beat Nigeria 3-0 in their first-ever meeting in June 2003 at Abuja National Stadium
Nigeria will trade tackle with Brazil in an international friendly on Sunday, October 13, at the Singapore National Stadium.
With days to the hostilities, the Selecao technical bench has identified one Super Eagles star they must keep a close tab on during the match.
Super Eagles Franco-German manager Gernot Rohr is expected to hand starting role to Iwobi alongside Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Joe Aribo and others during the clash with the five-time world champions.
Speaking ahead of the grade A friendly, Brazil assistant coach Cleber Xavier named Everton forward Alex Iwobi, as one player Neymar and company must watch if they must come out tops at the end of the game.
“At Nigeria, Iwobi plays more of an inside role as a second striker than at Everton,” Xavier was quoted as saying to BBC Sport.
“He is the link in the counter-attack, drags opponents out of position and infiltrates well in the box,” he noted.
Ahead of Nigeria’s game, Brazil will battle Senegal on Thursday, October 10.
Xavier believes the two games against two African giants will help the Copa America champion in preparing for the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualification campaign.
“Nigeria defend less than Senegal. The Senegalese are more about positioning with [Idrissa] Gueye marking strongly,” he added.
“These two friendlies and the two November friendlies will allow us to test new players and to adjust and tweak some tactical details in attack and defence.
“We did this in the preparation for the Copa America. We succeeded in the objective of winning and did so unbeaten.
“Every time the qualifiers become more difficult. It is a very hard competition. Last time we qualified with four rounds to go, which was a great achievement.,” Xavier submitted.
On the other hand, the Super Eagles are using the Brazil friendly as part of preparation for the forthcoming qualifiers for 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers kick-off next month.
Legit.ng reported earlier that Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and Leicester City have emerged top of the tackler chart in the Premier League.
According to The Guardian on conjunction with football statistics website Whoscored.com, the Nigerian international and Foxes currently lead the tackler chart in the ongoing 2019-2020 Premier League campaign.
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