Sacked president of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has debunked reports in a section of the media that the international friendly with Brazil scheduled for March 29, 2015 in Uyo has been cancelled.
The Governor of Akwa Ibom State during the inauguration of the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo stated that the edifice would host an international friendly with the South Americans which was sealed by the NFF boss in his own welcome address at the same event.
“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 in a press release.
“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 utilize 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 and everyone 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 much stronger team through giving opportunities to foreign –based players who had either been on the fringes or previously shut out, and also taking good look at those players on the domestic scene who have shown some promise.”
Brazil last visit in the country ended in a 3-0 defeat for the Super Eagles at the National Stadium, Abuja.