Super Eagles To Play Brazil (See Date Plus Venue)
Nigeria defeated Tunisia 1-0 to finish third at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt (Photo: CAF Online)

Stoke City midfielder Ogenekaro Etebo has withdrawn from the Nigeria squad to take on Brazil due to visa issues.

Etebo, 23, was not part of the players that landed in Singapore but was expected to team up with the squad.

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But the Delta State-born star will now miss the clash with the South Americans because he could not get a visa to Singapore.

Concise News had reported that Kenneth Omeruo, Ola Aina and Samuel Kalu all pulled out of the squad for the match due to injury concerns.

Etebo will not be replaced in the team which had a light training on Thursday before watching part of the Samba Boys 1-1 draw against Senegal.

They are, however, expected to have their first full training on Friday ahead of the tie.

Iwobi Singled Out

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.

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 took on another African side Senegal on Thursday with the clash ending 1-1.

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.”