The Golden Eaglets on Sunday night overcame Brazil to become the second Nigerian team ever to beat Brazil in a competitive match, following a 3-0 win in the semi-final of the on-going U-17 World Cup.
Complelesportsnigeria.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI lists five facts emerging from the game and other encounters between Nigeria and Brazil…
EMMANUEL AMUNEKE IS THE FIRST NIGERIAN INDIGENOUS COACH TO BEAT A BRAZILIAN TEAM AT ANY LEVEL
The first ever Nigerian coach to face a Brazilian team at any level was the late Christopher Udemezue. Udemezue qualified
Nigeria for the 1983 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Mexico and took on Brazil in their second group game but lost 3-0.
In the 1985 U-20 World Cup in Soviet Union, under the tutelage of Paul Hamilton, the Flying Eagles were beaten 2-0 by Brazil
in the semi-final.
Udemezue was in charge of the Flying Eagles again for a second spell when he qualified them for the 1987 U-20 World Cup in
Chile. But the team was thrashed 4-0 by Brazil in their first game.
Current U-23 Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, handled the Flying Eagles at the 2005 U-20 World Cup in the Netherland. And after
90 minutes of football, the game ended goalless.
And at this year’s U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, Manu Garba and his Flying Eagles team lost 4-2 to Brazil in their opening
THIS IS THE SECOND TIME A BRAZILIAN TEAM HAD FAILED TO SCORE AGAINST A NIGERIAN TEAM
The first time a Brazilian team failed to score against a Nigerian team was at the U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands 2005. Both
teams played a 0-0 draw. The very first time Nigeria met Brazil at any level was in Mexico 1968 Olympics which ended 3-3. In
the 1983, 1985, 1987 and 2015 U-20 World Cup, Nigeria lost 3-0, 2-0, 4-0 and 4-2 respectively.
THE LAST TIME NIGERIA BEAT BRAZIL, THEY WENT ON TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT
Prior to the 3-0 win by the Golden Eaglets against Brazil, the only time a Nigerian team had beaten Brazil was at the 1996
Atlanta Olympic Games where the Dream Team won 4-3 in the semi-final. The Dream Team went on to win the gold medal after
beating Argentina 3-2 in the final.
THIS IS THE THIRD TIME A NIGERIAN TEAM WILL SCORE THREE GOALS AGAINST A BRAZILIAN TEAM
The first time Nigeria scored three goals against a Brazilian team was at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico. Nigeria raced to
a 3-0 lead before Brazil came back to end the tie 3-3. The second time was the 4-3 win semi-final win at the Atlanta ’96 Olympics.
NIGERIA HAVE NEVER LOST TO A BRAZILIAN TEAM AFTER SCORING FIRST
Victor Osimhen gave the Golden Eaglets the lead against Brazil before two more goals from Kingsley Michael and Udochukwu
Anumudu sealed the win. Also at the 1968 Olympic Games, Nigeria scored three goals but ended up drawing the game 3-3 after a
Brazil fight back.