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Eagles match against Brazil beyond friendly – Kanu

Kanu says Eagles match vs Brazil beyond friendly

Nigerians won’t accept anything short of A-game, Nwankwo Kanu warns Super Eagles players

The two-time African Footballer of the year winner says there’s pressure on the Nigerian players to perform competitively in their upcoming friendly against the World second most ranked football team.

The Selecao and the three-time African champions will lock horns in a friendly game this Sunday at Singapore the Singapore Stadium.

Kanu, who stars in the famous 4-3 semi-final victory over the South American side 23 years ago at Atlanta ’96 calls for the Super Eagles’ players to bring their A-games to the table on Sunday – saying the match against the Selecao ‘is not a friendly game.’

“There is a lot of pressure because everybody loves football, they don’t want to hear that Nigeria went to a game and lost,” the former Eagles captain told

“I don’t think people will really appreciate the boys if they lost in a friendly game, that’s how it is here.

“The boys have to take it on board and ensure that every game they play, they have to do well.”

“Playing against Brazil will show the level of football they are playing and where they are, and if they can beat Brazil, the confidence and belief of the boys will grow.”

“And for me, it’s always tough when Nigeria and Brazil play each other, whoever will represent us should know it’s not a friendly game.” 

Earlier, Garba Lawal, a former teammate of Kanu had also said that the upcoming match between Nigeria and Brazil was beyond a friendly match.

According to Lawal, the Selecao were still angry over their loss to the West African nation at the Olympic Games 23 years ago.


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