Brazil Coach Admits Difficulty Playing Against African Teams Ahead Of Nigeria Friendly
Published: October 10, 2019
Brazil Coach Admits Difficulty Playing Against African Teams Ahead Of Nigeria Friendly
Brazil coach Tite has acknowledged that the five-time world champions always find it difficult when they face African teams because the opponents are stronger and more physical.

In Thursday's friendly against Senegal, Liverpool's Roberto Firmino opened the scoring in the ninth minute but Famara Diedhiou scored from the spot to equalise for the Teranga Lions after Sadio Mane had won a penalty just before half-time.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Tite admitted that Brazil played below expectations and noted it was hard to beat Cameroon in a friendly last November.

''From my time here, it's the second time we've played against the African countries, and it's the second time we've had difficulty. It was like this against Cameroon too,'' Tite was quoted as saying by TV Globo.

''They are teams that seek contact, bring compaction, strong aerial ball. And we are still finding the best way to play against the African teams.''

Brazil will face another African team, Nigeria in their next friendly at the National Stadium in Singapore on Sunday, October 13.

Igho Kingsley

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