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Coach Gernot Rohr and Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi. Photo Courtesy: Goal

Brazil assistant coach Cleber Xavier has singled out Everton star Alex Iwobi as the player that his side must cage when they face Nigeria in a friendly.

The Super Eagles take on the five-time world champions on Sunday at the Singapore National Stadium.

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Nigeria have in-form Lille striker Victor Osimhen, Villarreal’s wing wizard Samuel Chukwueze and Rangers’ Joe Aribo going into the game but Xavier said Iwobi was the player to watch out for in the clash.

“At Nigeria, Iwobi plays more of an inside role as a second striker than at Everton,” Xavier told BBC Sport.

“He is the link in the counter-attack, drags opponents out of position and infiltrates well in the box.”

Brazil will take on another African side Senegal on Thursday before they play Gernot Rohr’s team.

According to Xavier, the 2019 COPA America winners are playing the West African nations as part of preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

“Nigeria defend less than Senegal. The Senegalese are more about positioning with [Idrissa] Gueye marking strongly,” he noted.

“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 defence.

“We did this in the preparation for the Copa America. We succeeded in the objective of winning and did so unbeaten.

“Every time the qualifiers become more difficult. It is a very hard competition. Last time we qualified with four rounds to go, which was a great achievement.”

On the other hand, the match with Brazil is part of preparations for Nigeria for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which starts in November.

Nigeria had in September played out a 2-2 draw with Ukraine in a friendly match.  That was their first game after they finished third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.