Nigeria, Brazil Confirm Friendly Match Date

BrazilThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) have confirmed that their U-23 squads will play an international friendly match in Brazil on Thursday, March 24.

“The CBF is happy to host the champions of Africa, Nigeria Olympic team on the March 24 FIFA date at 7pm at the stadium of Kleber Andrade in the city of Cariacica, Vitoria, Espirito Santo.

“The match will serve as preparation for both teams for their participation in the Olympic Games Rio 2016,” the statement from CBF read.

NFF’s FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon of Eurodata Sport told thenff.com: “The match is sealed. We are happy to be able to swing this one and it will serve as good preparation for the Nigeria Olympic team ahead of Rio 2016.”

Both teams were involved in one of the most memorable matches in the history of the men’s football tournament of the Olympics, back in 1996, when the Dream Team came back from 1-3 down to eliminate Brazil in the semi finals. Nigeria beat Argentina 3-2 in the final to claim Africa’s first–ever Olympics football gold.

Meanwhile, Coach Samson Siasia, has listed a total of 30 players for the international friendly match against Brazil coming up towards the end of March.

The list is a mixture of old players that Siasia has worked with over the course of the qualifying matches for the All-Africa Games and the Games proper and the qualifying matches for the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations and the championship proper, as well as new faces he intends to take a close look at.

According to Coach Siasia: “For now, I want to assume that I don’t have a team, as every Nigerian player within the age bracket that is good get a chance to fight for a place in my team to the Olympics. I intend to use friendly games like this to try out as many players as I can, so that as we get closer to the games I will have a mental picture of the players I will be taking for my final training camp before the Games.

“For now, I invited this large number of players because I know not all of them will be able to make it even though we have sent out invitation letters to all of them. My major concern now is for them to come with letters from their clubs indicating that if they are eventually selected for the Games, their clubs will allow them report to camp when needed.”

Siasia added that as a lot of overseas-based players have shown interest in playing for the country at the Olympics, he intends to utilize all FIFA free windows so as to enable him and his assistants assess as many of them as possible.

“For now, we are concentrating on those players we have no picture of how they will adapt to our playing pattern.‎ We intend to invite more of such players as we go ahead. We already know some of the overseas –based pros we intend to work with, so we will be inviting those known faces as we progress in our build up to the Games.”

Among those invited from the domestic scene are goalkeepers Emmanuel Daniel and Yusuf Mohammed and defenders Erhun Obanor, Sincere Seth, Segun Oduduwa and Ndifreke Effiong. The overseas-based legion includes Captain Azubuike Okechukwu, Dele Alampasu, Stanley Amuzie, Saviour Godwin, Aminu Umar and Etebo Oghenekaro.

Invited Home Based Players

  1. Emmanuel Daniel
  2. Yusuf Mohammed
  3. Segun Oduduwa
  4. Erhun Obanor
  5. Sincere Seth
  6. Ndifreke Effiong
  7. Ubong Ekpai
  8. Bright Onyedikachi
  9. Stanley Dimgba

Overseas Based Players 

  1. Dele Alampasu
  2. Stanley Amuzie
  3. Usman Mohammed
  4. Azubuike Okechukwu
  5. Sadiq Popoola
  6. Etebo Oghenekaro
  7. Saviour Godwin
  8. Aminu Umar
  9. Alex Iwobi
  10. Iyayi Believe
  11. Junior Ajayi
  12. Taiwo Awoniyi
  13. Peter Olayinka
  14. Theophilus ‎ Solomon
  15. Godswill Ekpolo
  16. Sergio Uyi
  17. Ovbokha Agboyi
  18. Nathan Oduwa
  19. Musa Mohammed
  20. Saturday Ekiego
  21. Victor Osimhen

Coach Samson Siasia has been appointed to lead the Super Eagles. Fatai Amao will guide the U-23 in the interim.

 

Nigeria’s Super Eagles To Play Bolivia March 26

Super EaglesThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that the senior national team, Super Eagles, will face Bolivia in an international friendly at the newly built Akwa Ibom Stadium on March 26.

This came after a friendly with the Brazilian national team, earlier scheduled for the same date, was cancelled.

The Confederation of Brasil Football (CBF) had said that they would prefer to continue with their European World Tour rather than truncate their calendar to play against the Super Eagles.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and its FIFA match agent, Jairo Pachon, then opted for Bolivia to ensure that the international friendly window is not wasted.

In a statement on Friday, the NFF said, “We have had to work at a pace to seal agreement for this match, after the Brazilian Football Federation opted out at the last hour.

“However, we believe that the Bolivia team will give the Super Eagles a good match, as we continue to work on a second match for the Eagles for either 29th March.”

The statement by the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, also revealed that Nigeria’s general elections which coincides with the the second match day of the FIFA window – March 29 – has necessitated the need to organise a match away from home.

This is because there would be restriction of movement during the election period across the country.

Therefore, a top ranked African team is being targeted for the Sunday match day.

“The NFF is committed to ensuring that the Super Eagles are occupied on every FIFA window, with quality games,” Pinnick added.