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article imageBrazilian President Lula travelling to Africa ‘deeply saddened’

By Igor I. Solar     Jul 2, 2010 in Sports
Brazilia - Gilberto Carvalho, the President’s private secretary said that Lula will go to Africa "deeply saddened". The President embarks today on a ten-day trip to six African countries, which ends in South Africa to attend the World Cup final game.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was dismayed by the defeat of Brazil in today’s World Cup game against The Netherlands. Brazilian news media O Globo reports that at the end of the game he hugged Dilma Rousseff, the Worker’s Party candidate for President, with whom he watched the game at Palácio da Alvorada (Palace of Dawn), the official residence of the President of Brazil, and said:“Now, it will be here in Brazil in 2014 and with you as President. You'll win the cup.
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Lula watched the game with first lady Marisa Leticia, Rousseff and some ministers. Although he praised the Brazilian team during the first half of the game, later on, in the second half, Lula was very concerned about the performance of the team. He complained about left wing Michel Bastos and at one point he called for the replacement of striker Felipe Melo. When Felipe Melo was red-carded and sent off the field, Lula stated:
I knew this would happen. (Dunga) should have taken him out before that.
Like most Brazilians, he was emotionally stunned by the result and, according to his secretary, at the end of the game he sat quietly for a while, trying to understand the outcome of the match.
He goes to Africa deeply saddened. Now, let’s organize the 2014 World Cup and learn from our mistakes - Carvalho said.
The main objective of President Lula da Silva’s trip to Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa is to negotiate with the African countries regarding the adoption of the digital television system developed with Japanese and Brazilian technology.
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