Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr says Sunday’s international friendly against Brazil will determine the team’s level of progress since the end of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The Super Eagles will take to the pitch against five times World Champions Brazil at the Singaporean National Stadium on Sunday in what will be their second game since finishing third at the 2019 AFCON.
Franco-German trainer Rohr, while speaking to the media a day before the match says the game will also be a good avenue for his team to learn.
“The game against Brazil will show how much we are progressing after finishing third at the Africa Cup in Egypt,” began Rohr.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for us to learn a few more things that will make us better and stronger for future challenges.
“This is an important test game for us, and we are here to learn from the best. We hope for a very good game against Brazil on Sunday.
This will help us prepare ourselves for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho next month.”
The Super Eagles held hosts Ukraine to a 2-2 draw last month and Rohr believes the game and Sunday’s win should help the team in replacing their retired internationals.
“After the 2019 AFCON, two of our top players (Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo) retired and we have to see how to replace them. We saw a little bit in our friendly against Ukraine last month and hope we can improve on that performance tomorrow.
“A good showing against Brazil will help our confidence a great deal.”
Sunday’s game will kickoff at 8pm in Singapore, 1pm Nigerian time.