By Ben Efe
The Brazilian team for the Nigeria 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Lagos sparked some excitement amongst football fans who witnessed their arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport last night.
Fans thumbed up the 31-man Brazilian delegation and they equally responded by throwing victory sign into the air, an indication that they are here to dominate the tournament. The situation at the airport w
as almost electric as the fans wanted a closer interaction with the Brazilians, but they were kept at bay by the security details.
The Brazilians are expected to shake off jet lag with a light training this morning in preparation for their group opener on Saturday. The Samba Boys will no doubt find a home in Lagos as there are many Lagosians with Portuguese affiliation. The Lagos sub-seat of the Local Organising Committee has also made arrangements to have the team visit the Portugese village on Lagos Island.
Brazil, three-time winners like Nigeria, are favourite to top the group B pairings inLagos. The Samba Boys will kick-off their match against Japan on Saturday (7p.m.) just as Mexico and Switzerland square up in the first game of the day (4p.m).
Brazil will meet Mexico next in the group preliminaries on October 27. If they top the group, they will remain in Lagos for the quarter-final matches. Lagos hosts the first semi-final billed for November 12.