Football fans in Brazil have blasted the Brazilian Football Confederation for arranging friendly matches with the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Senegalese national team.
The CBF had on Monday announced via their website that the Selecao will play two friendly matches against the Eagles and the Teranga Lions in October at the National Stadium of Singapore.
The friendly match was also confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation, who also retweeted the Brazil federation’s tweet.
While the game against Senegal will hold on October 10, the Brazilian national team will play against the Eagles three days time, on October 13. Both games will hold by 8pm Nigerian time.
“We chose two of the best African teams because they are high level confrontations and against a side that the Brazilian national team has had few encounters in recent years. It was a wish of the technical commission, so we went after these,” the Brazil federation said in its website.
The choice of both countries has not however gone well with Brazil fans, who took to Twitter to express their disappointments at the quality of the friendly games.
According to many of them, they would have loved to face strong European side, as they believe Nigeria and Senegal were not strong sides.
“While the Europeans are facing each other we are facing level B and the worst, it doesn’t even come in with such favouritism,” @manasefraim tweeted.
“These friendlies with these expressionless teams only devalue the Brazilian team,@ @nicholeayu also tweeted.
“When will you have a real confrontation against oppositions of weight? Shame,” @jaovsilvaa said.
Now, I’m relieved with the preparation for the World Cup. But how about a harder opponent? New Caledonia, Vietnam, something like that,” @fragagercossimo added.
“Stop making useless games and disrupt our championships! If you call a Flamengo player I will curse this selection forever, @KatiaBarros tweeted.
The last time the Eagles played against the Brazil national team was in a friendly game at then Abuja National Stadium, now Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja on June 3, 2006. Brazil won 3-0, with goals scored by Gil, Luis Fabiano and Adriano.