Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, has dismissed a report in a section of the media that the much-anticipated international friendly between the Super Eagles and the Selecao of Brazil scheduled for March 29, 2015 had been cancelled.
“It is not true that the match had been cancelled. There is nothing like that. What people are probably not clear about is the fact that Brazil will play France around the same period,” Pinnick said.
“Brazil will play France on March 26, while they will fly to Nigeria to play the Super Eagles at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium on March 29. The two games and dates are quite different.
“We are working hard at ensuring that we utilise all the FIFA-free days for international friendlies next year. There are about 10 of those dates and we will get opponents for the Super Eagles for each of them.
“We have firmly put behind us the Eagles’ failure to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Our focus now is on building a stronger team through giving opportunities to foreign-based players who had either been on the fringes or previously shut out, and also taking a look at those players on the domestic scene who have shown potential.”
Brazil, five-time champions of the world, played the Super Eagles in Nigeria in June, 2003, winning 3-0 in a friendly organised as part of activities to test run the National Stadium, Abuja ahead of the 8th All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted four months later.