SANFORD, Fla. – Orlando City midfielder Kaka says he has “no problem” with the choice by Brazil supervisor Dunga to leave him off of the 23-man squad for this present summer’s Copa America Centenario.
Given that Brazil will play its second gathering stage diversion against Haiti in Kaka’s home stadium, the Citrus Bowl, there was theory that the previous Ballon d’Or victor may make the last 23.
In any case, a thigh harm has restricted Kaka to only three appearances this season for Orlando, however he recorded two objectives and two helps with that time. Keeping in mind Kaka is required to play this in Orlando’s home match this Friday against the New York Red Bulls, that arrival to wellbeing wasn’t sufficient to make the finished edition.
Kaka’s latest appearance for Brazil was in October, when he went ahead for the last 15 minutes of a 3-1 World Cup qualifying triumph over Venezuela.
“I regard Dunga’s choice,” Kaka told ESPN FC in a restrictive meeting taking after Thursday’s instructional course with Orlando. “I attempted, I’m prepared to play, no issue by any means. Despite everything I have my group [Orlando City] here, so I will continue playing and if the open door comes later on, I will be upbeat to serve my national group.”
Kaka has played 91 times for the Selecao since making his presentation in 2002, showing up in three World Cups – including the glass winning side of 2002 – and scoring 29 objectives. Be that as it may, extraordinarily, none of those appearances have come at a Copa America.
“It was diverse circumstances,” he clarified. “Now and then the group, [the coach] chose to pivot the players that played the most for the national group since Brazil played a ton of rivalries in succession for [many] years.”
Brazil is still during the time spent working its way once again from a spirit squashing 7-1 thrashing to Germany on home soil in the elimination rounds of the last World Cup. Taking after the abdication of director Felipe Scolari after that competition, the Brazilian Football Federation picked to bring back Dunga as administrator.
“I think Dunga has got a lot of experience,” said Kaka. “He played for the national team for a long time and he knows the atmosphere there, how to manage the press, the pressure, so he can give a lot to the national team. It’s not easy to be the coach for the Brazilian national team. But I think he’s doing very good.”
Brazil did win 11 games in a row following Dunga’s appointment, most of them in friendlies, but the Selecao‘s progression has been uneven since then. Brazil was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Copa America when it lost to Paraguay on penalties.
After six matches of the marathon 18-game World Cup qualifying campaign, Brazil currently lies in sixth place with nine points, but just one point outside of an automatic qualification place. Included in that record is a valuable road point against bitter rival Argentina. Kaka is convinced Brazil will ultimately pull through and not only qualify, but also perform well in Russia.
“I think the bottom of the situation was after the World Cup,” said Kaka. “So 7-1 against Germany was tough for us Brazilians. I think we are doing good, but I think it’s a transition time for us, for Brazil.
“In my opinion, we are going to be ready for the next World Cup. We still have time to grow this team, to get more mature, have more experience for a lot of young players. But for the next World Cup in 2018, Brazil will be there, and we will be a very good team.”
The transition that Kaka alluded to is reflected in Dunga’s Copa America squad. In addition to Kaka’s omission, former mainstays such as Oscar, Thiago Silva, Marcelo and David Luiz were also left off, with the last three not even making Brazil’s 40-man preliminary roster.
Barcelona star Neymar was also omitted from the Copa America roster in order to allow him to participate in the Olympic Games later this summer.