Brazil ignore Kaka for friendly against South Africa next month

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has dropped Kaka, while retained goalkeeper Julio Cesar for March 5 friendly against South Africa.

updated: February 12, 2014 00:12 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Tuesday brought in two new faces but dropped AC Milan veteran Kaka in unveiling his Europe-based players to face South Africa in a March 5 friendly.

Scolari, architect of Brazil's 2002 World Cup success in Japan as well as last year's home triumph over Spain on the Confederations Cup, said he will call up three more home-based players ahead of the game in Johannesburg.

The new faces are Bayern Munich defender Rafinha and Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho. Brazil will be without Fluminense striker Fred, who scored five times in the Confederations Cup, as the 30-year-old aggravated a serious thigh injury last week.

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