27 February 2013

Tanzania: Ex-Brazil Stars May Visit Dar in Promo Tour

FORMER Brazilian football superstars will soon carry special mission to various African countries including Tanzania to promote the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup finals to be held in Brazil.

This was revealed yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the Brazilian Ambassador to Tanzania, Francisco Luz during a visit to the Tanzania Standard (Newspapers) Limited (TSN) headquarters situated along Nelson Mandela Expressway.

He said general preparations in almost 12 cities where the World Cup matches will take place have reached an advanced stage. Among football icons who will feature in the mission that will take them not only in Africa but around the world include Ronaldo de Lima, José Roberto Gama de Oliveira 'Bebeto', Amarildo da Silveira, Carlos Alberto Torres, Vieira da Silva and Mario Zagallo.

The sextet, the biggest names in Brazilian football, was named 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Ambassadors last month by the latest Brazil 2014 Organising Committee (LOC).

In their capacity as representatives of the spiritual home of football, the five world champions and the five-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year will have the task of promoting the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

It will be their job to encourage people from all over the South American's nation and the world as a whole to take part in and celebrate these festivals of football. In another development, the Brazilian ambassador to Tanzania also said the former Taifa Stars Coach Maxio Maximo was still willing to work for the country.

However, he noted that the present national team tactician Kim Poulsen had shown outstanding performances. "The Danish coach is currently doing remarkable job but if the country does not qualify for the upcoming football World Cup finals, then you can look for the best options, even Maximo," he said.

The Brazil national soccer team toured the country in 2010 when they played a build-up match with Taifa Stars, then under Marcio Maximo, on their way to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The five-time World champions eased past the Stars 5-1 in a mouthwatering encounter played at the 60,000 all-seater National Stadium on June 7.

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