Nigeria’s Flying Eagles line up against world champions Brazil on Tuesday at the Toulon Tournament.
The World Cup-bound Nigerian Under-21 have failed to secure a win at the invitational, losing to Mexico 2-0 in their opening game and forcing Belgium to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Brazil might have failed to qualify for Turkey 2013 but they’ve been flying high at the Toulon Tournament, having won all three matches so far.
The six-time African champions have used their first two matches to try out some players for the World cup but should already have a blueprint of the most suitable squad, who could go for the kill against the Samba Stars at Stade Louis Hon in St. Raphael from 7pm (local time).
The last time both teams clashed at this level was in 2005, when they played a goalless draw in a group game at the World Cup in Netherlands.
Coach John Obuh blamed the strong wind for the lack of flow in his team against the Belgians on Sunday.
“The wind did not allow us to play normal flowing game,” Obuh lamented. “Both teams had their chances, but we were too much in a hurry to score. We hope to improve against Brazil on Tuesday.”
Meanwhile, Brazil coach Alexander Gallo said his side will be satisfied with a a draw as they have already recorded 9 points from their three games.
“We have nine points from three matches,” Gallo said. “Now it will be okay to get a point against Nigeria.
“We are not the favourite to win this competition. France and Colombia have come here with very strong teams.
Brazil overcame a first-half scare by Belgium U21 to win 2-1 in their opening match, defeated an impressive Mexico 1-0 and on Sunday they reduced Portugal with two early goals.