Assistant coach to Brazil football team, Cleber Xavier, admits Everton’s forward, Alex Iwobi, is an exceptional player to look out for on Sunday when Brazil plays against Nigeria at the international friendly match at the National Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
The two teams will be meeting for the first time since 2003 when Brazil defeated Nigeria 3-0 in Abuja.
Although Nigeria arrived in Singapore with forwards Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis of Club Brugge and Lille’s Victor Osimhen, Xavier maintains Iwobi will be a big threat to his team.
Speaking with BBC Sports, he said “At Nigeria, Iwobi plays more of an inside role as a second striker than at Everton,
“He is the link in the counter-attack, drags opponents out of position and infiltrates well in the box.”
Meanwhile, Brazil will be playing against Senegal today (October 10).
According to Xavier, playing against Nigeria and Senegal will give Brazil the challenge they need to prepare for the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualification campaign.
“Nigeria defend less than Senegal. The Senegalese are more about positioning with [Idrissa] Gueye marking strongly,
“These two friendlies and the two November friendlies will allow us to test new players and to adjust and tweak some tactical details in attack and defense.
“We did this in the preparation for the Copa America. We succeeded in the objective of winning and did so unbeaten. For Nigeria and Senegal, they will be preparing for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, which begin in November”. He said.