STOKE City midfielder Oghene Etebo has become the latest member of the Super Eagles to pull out of Nigeria’s Sunday’s friendly game against Brazil taking place at Singapore’s National Stadium after picking up a last minute injury.
Preparing for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers themselves, Brazil have decided to take on Senegal and Nigeria during the current Fifa window in Singapore. Yesterday, the Lions of Teranga held the South American giants to a 1-1 draw, thanks to a 45th minute equaliser from a penalty scored by Famara Diedhiou to cancel out an earlier opener from Liverpool’s Firmino.
On Sunday, Nigeria will be hoping to go one better but the Eagles have had several withdrawals as the likes of Ola Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa, Samuel Kalu and now Etebo have pulled out with injury. There are currently 21 Eagles in Singapore and head coach Gernot Rohr has opted not to call up replacements for the latest withdrawals, opting to prosecute the game with the players in camp.
Brazilian coach, Tite has admitted he is struggling to get the most out of his players, after yesterday 1-1 draw with Senegal. His team is now winless in three matches after yesterday’s game as Brazil drew 2-2 with Colombia and lost 1-0 to Peru in last month’s friendlies.
Asking for more from his team, Tite has now demanded more from his players, ahead of Sunday’s game against Nigeria, indicating that the Eagles may be in for a very tough match. In his post-match interview, he admitted that he is under pressure from critics over Selecao’s recent performances and results.
Tite said: “We were below what we can do and the squad played less than what it can play. It was less competitive than what it can be and the squad can give more than this.
“We need to get results. When we don’t, criticism emerges and I have to be mature enough to absorb it.”
Featuring the likes of Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, Danny Alves, Gabriel Jesus, etc, Brazil, the reigning Copa America champions, are expected to field their strongest squad on Sunday. Nigeria’s attack featuring the likes of Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi, is expected make it a very open end-to-end game.