Brazil confirms Copa América participation

Brazil national team have confirmed that they will play in the Copa America.

This has ended the rumors that it would boycott the tournament, which is being organised on its home soil.

Over the last few days, the Brazil national team has voiced its opinion against participating in the Copa América. 

Brazil’s players were reportedly unhappy over the 11th-hour decision to host the South American championships.

This came after a Covid-19 surge forced organisers to withdraw the tournament from Argentina.

Brazil confirms

However, the players have finally decided to participate in the South American tournament.

In a statement posted online early on Wednesday, the Brazil players said they were “not satisfied.”

They were not contented with the way the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOLhandled the decision.

“For different reasons, be they humanitarian or professional.”

“We are not satisfied with the way the Copa America has been handled by CONMEBOL,” the players said.

“All the recent facts lead us to believe in an inadequate process in realising (the tournament).”

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They added that they did not want to make their opposition a political issue and said they had never considered a boycott.

“We are against the organisation of the Copa America but we will never say no to playing for Brazil.”

The statement came soon after Brazil defeated Paraguay 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Asuncion.

A result leaves the side in pole position to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar 2022.

The decision by Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro to green light the hosting of the tournament was met with surprise.

This is because Brazil has recorded more than 476,000 deaths from COVID-19, more than any other country outside the United States.

Brazil is due to kick off the tournament against Venezuela on June 13.

Matches will be played in four cities, before culminating with the final in Rio de Janeiro on July 10.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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