Granada of Spain midfielder Ramon Azeez and Czech based forward Peter Olayinka alongside defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem who are back from injury has been selected by Technical adviser, Gernot Rohr in Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the prestige friendly with five time world champions Brazil in Singapore on Sunday, 13th October.
Goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Maduka Okoye are retained, but England based Leon Balogun and Russia based Bryan Idowu are left out of the defence equation.
Leicester of England’s Kelechi Iheanacho is left out, while Peter Olayinka would take Girondins Bordeaux’s Joshua Maja place.
England based midfielder Wilfred Ndidi also returns after missing the Ukraine encounter with injury. Alex Iwobi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Scotland based Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, who scored on his debut against Ukraine, are all back in midfield, with Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, Paul Onuachu and Emmanuel Dennis all back in the frontline.
Substantive captain Ahmed Musa is still down with injury.
All invited players are expected to arrive in Singapore on Wednesday, 9th October.
Nigeria and Brazil will tango in a much anticipated encounter at the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore on Sunday, 13th October, 23 years after Nigeria, on their way to winning Africa’s first Olympic football gold, spanked the Selecao in the semifinals at the Athens Stadium in the State of Georgia, USA.