Femi Solaja with Agency report
Ahead of the two friendly matches against the Teranga Lions of Senegal and the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Singapore, Brazilian players invited for the international matches are expected in the Asian nation today.
The former world champions are expected to face Africa’s highest ranked team Senegal on Thursday and Nigeria on Sunday.
THISDAY learnt from the Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) website that the technical crew of the team were already in Singapore since Friday and will begin to receive the players today.
To represent the Selecao are players whose club commitment ended on Saturday while the rest who played for their respective clubs late yesterday will start their trip to the Far East this morning.
They had already identified the Kallang Football Hub as a training site ahead of the two matches.
Five training sessions have been proposed for the team. These will hold at 5.30pm local time in Singapore on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
During the concentrated period in Singapore, the Brazilian team will be staying at the JW Marriot Singapore South Beach Hotel.
Meanwhile, excitement is already building up in the island city-state of Singapore for the Brazil/ Nigeria friendly.
The islanders have had a taste of Brazil five years ago. It was gathered from the leading publication in Singapore, The Strait Times that a sellout crowd of 51,577 turned out at the National Stadium to catch Neymar’s dazzling tricks and flicks, as the superstar forward scored all four goals in the five-time world champions’ 4-0 friendly win over Japan.
According to the publication, fans will be able to catch Neymar and his colleagues brand of Samba football again.
The Straits Times stressed that Nigeria’s duo of Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi and Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi appear to be the attraction of fans in the city.