by Tolu Orekoya
We may be forging economic and political ties as the president continues his trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the UN Earth Summit, Rio+20, but at home, the terrorist attacts from Islamist sect Boko Haram is straining sports ties as the Brazilian FA put a hold on a planned friendly in Nigeria that was to take place in September.
According to a report by Channels TV, “The Brazilian FA is reported to have settled for the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, but the match will be played either in Brazil or the USA on September 7,” they said.
The Nigerian Football Federation is not going down without a fight and still hopes to bring the South American team to the country
“The friendly has not been cancelled; the organisers are still hopeful of sorting out a few details in order to bring the Brazilians to Nigeria. It is actually Guinness, the Match arrangement and the agent that is putting the match together is confident it will hold,” the NFF official said.
Nigeria is looking to play a high-profile friendlies as coach Stephen Keshi continue to strengthen the team ahead of their crucial qualifiers for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2014 World Cup.
Source: Channels TV