Brazilian superstar Kaká has thanked the thousands of South Africans that attended their opening match against Korea DPR on an incredibly chilly evening in Johannesburg.
Despite sub-zero temperatures, the packed Ellis Park stadium, with attendance figures reaching 54,331, was swarming with Brazil fans - both international and local - decked out in the distinctive yellow and green.
The famous Brazilian number 10, real name Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, said, “It’s very good to be back and we are very happy for the support we received from South African people during the match.”
The team is currently staying in Johannesburg’s suburb of Randburg and has its training camp at the local high school.
“We are enjoying training there. It is good,” said Kaká.
Asked how they were spending their time off and if there were any plans to visit some of South Africa’s famed tourist destinations, Kaká said, “that would be nice but I don’t know. We had two days off but we stayed in the hotel.”
Brazil beat Korea DPR 2-1 and will remain in Johannesburg as they prepare for their second match against African giants Cote d’Ivoire on 20 June.