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Sao Paulo ready for final showdown

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Sao Paulo Football Club will round up its whirlwind Indian tour with a match against JCT, Phagwara, at the Ambedkar Stadium here on Sunday.

The third-string team of the famous Brazilian club has not conceded a goal in the four matches against some of the best Indian clubs, and it will be a big challenge for JCT to put up a decent show.

Marvellous experience

The captain of the visiting team, Marco Antonio, was quite modest when he said that the tour was marvellous experience for his boys. He was speaking at a reception hosted by the Ambassador of Brazil, Jose Vicente De Sa Pimental, at his residence here on Friday evening.

"Football apart, we have been able to see some places, people and experience the rich Indian culture. We have been received with a lot of warmth and respect. We were impressed by Kochi and its beach," said Antonio. He went on to say that Mohun Bagan was the toughest team they had faced so far on their tour.

"When the Indian teams play us, they are very defensive. They are a lot better when they play between themselves," observed the skipper. He was quick to point out that Indian football could get a lot better if children from the age of 10 were given quality training.

"You have to keep doing what you are doing now. Invite a lot of good teams and players to improve your standard," he said.

He said that the match against JCT would be a tough one as he had heard that it was a strong team, and that his boys would try their best to maintain the winning spree.

Impressed

The head coach of the Brazilian team, Antonio Carlos da Silva, was equally impressed with the experience and said that it would help some of his players to make it to the main team.

He stressed that India had the facilities, but the infrastructure was generally in a state of waste, for lack of proper maintenance.