ATLANTA96: Brazil won’t forget loss to Nigeria -Globo

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A top rated Brazil newswire source, Globo says Brazilians won’t forget the Atlanta 1996 men’s football semi-final loss to Nigeria.

After going 3-1 down in the first half, with Brazil’s Flavio Conceicao scoring in the game’s very first minute, the Nigerians were in a particularly tough spot.

Victor Ikpeba, the AS Monaco striker who was voted as Africa’s top player a year later, reduced the tally in the 78th minute.

But when Jay-Jay Okocha blew the opportunity to draw level, fluffing a penalty with just minutes left on the clock, the match seemed well and truly over for Nigeria.

That feeling, however, was not in the mind of Nwankwo Kanu, the two-time African Footballer of the Year.

The former Ajax, Inter and Arsenal striker scored the equaliser in the 90th minute and the ‘Golden Goal’ in extra-time.

Globo in one of its publications,
Brazil faces two African sides in the friendly that will be played on 10th (Thursday) and 13th (Sunday)-Senegal and Nigeria, respectively, are the opponents of the team led by Tite in Singapore.

The first country is an unprecedented rival, while the second was once an executioner at an Olympics.

In the curriculum, Brazil has stumbled against other Africa teams- Cameroon has been rock in the shoes for Brazil on two occasions.

Its expected Neymar and others will perform better against both African teams in Singapore.

The Singapore National Stadium, Kallang will host both friendly games.

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