Brazil were forced to a 1-1 draw on Thursday by a Sadio Mane inspired Senegal at the Singapore National Stadium, a match that should inspire the Super Eagles to aim for a better result than their African brothers, according to Emmanuel Babayaro.
Former Nigeria goalkeeper Emmanuel Babayaro has tipped coach Gernot Rohr’s side to outshine a not-unbeatable Brazil team when the two countries face off on Sunday.
Babayaro, a member of the Atlanta 1996 gold medal-winning team, expects the Selecao to present a difficult challenge but believes the Super Eagles have enough quality to outdo Senegal.
“I think it is a good test for the Super Eagles even though I don’t see this present Brazil team as the same as we used to know,” Babayaro told Goal as monitored by Soccernet.ng.
“Since after the World Cup they hosted, I have not seen Brazil do anything quite spectacular but the fact still remains Brazil is Brazil any day and they have quality players like Neymar and the likes in their team, so they would definitely be a good test for our team but we can get a good result against them if we get our acts right.”
“In games like this, you might not get the very best from players because they would not want to go back to their respective club injured, most players tread cautiously in this kind of in-between season friendly games,” Babayaro continued.
“The result from Thursday’s game could rub off on how Sunday’s friendly will go,” he added.
“After drawing against Senegal in their last outing, Brazil can either come all out to make sure they win against Nigeria and also the Super Eagles can also draw inspiration that if Senegal can hold the Brazil team, they can do same if not better.”