Cafu, Kaka relieved to be back with Brazil
Brazil captain Cafu
and midfielder Kaka are relieved to be back with the world champions after being
caught up in a club-versus-country row which caused them to miss last month's
match against Bolivia.
The AC Milan pair were overlooked for the World Cup qualifier in Sao Paulo after
their Italian Serie A club had refused to release them for a friendly
international in Haiti in August.
AC Milan goalkeeper Dida and Bayern Munich duo Lucio and Ze Roberto suffered the
same fate after failing to make the trip to Haiti for a game dubbed the 'Peace
"I hope it doesn't happen again on the part of Milan or the CBF (Brazilian
Football Confederation)," said Cafu on Tuesday as he prepared for Saturday's
World Cup qualifier in Venezuela and the home game with Colombia next Wednesday.
"The truth is that the players suffer most and we end up missing important
Kaka said: "Fortunately the problem has been overcome ... we're relieved this is
over and we hope it doesn't happen again."
The game in Haiti was arranged to promote peace between the warring factions on
the strife-torn Caribbean island, where Brazilian troops lead the United Nations
Although their clubs refused to release them, Brazil coach Carlos Alberto
Parreira suggested the players could have made a bigger effort to get permission
to take part.
The August 19 fixture in Haiti took place on a date allocated by world soccer's
governing body FIFA for friendly internationals.
However, under new FIFA rules, clubs are only obliged to release players for
friendlies on the same continent.
Other European-based players, including Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos,
played in the 6-0 win, an experience Ronaldo described as better than winning
the World Cup.