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Brazil to play in Nigeria

Brazil to play in Nigeria

Fola Akintomide

Nigeria will host five-time world champions Brazil in a high-profile friendly on March 29 at a new provincial stadium that was opened on Friday, officials said.

“Brazil will field the full complement of its stars for the match, including Barcelona star Neymar,” Akwa Ibom state governor Godswill Akpabio said at the opening of the Akwa Ibom Stadium in the southeast of the country.

Nigeria hosted Brazil in 2003 in Abuja when the World Cup holders won 3-0.

The new 30 000 capacity stadium will on Wednesday be used for reigning champions Nigeria’s final 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against South Africa.

Nigerian Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick said at the stadium that Ukraine and Serbia are also being considered for friendlies next year.