Poor Robinho may be developing some worrying form of premature memory loss, which General Dunga, who notoriously doesn’t tolerate any faffing about, won’t be having any of!
You may remember the simple Samba star was convinced he’d signed for Chelsea in September 2008, and was all set to report for duty at Cobham, until a keen reporter filled him in, and pointed out that he’d unfortunately actually signed for Man City. “Chin up mate!” (See here.)
When questioned this morning on the pedigree of the Warriors (Zimbabwe), who they face tonight in a World Cup preparation friendly, young Robbie drew a blank, confessing he hadn’t a scooby doo about the opposing team or their players.
When eventually asked whether the name “Benjani” (his ex team mate at Man City) inspired anything in him, he had a sudden change of tune.
He had a quick think and a shuffle, and haplessly replied – “He’s a great player, a good striker, with strong qualities for English football.” (Ã‰ um grande jogador, um atacante forte, com caracterÃstica do futebol inglÃªs.”)
Having finally awoken to the realisation that, yes, Zimbabwe may just have a football team, he must have then become distracted by some vuvuzela-playing Bafana babes.
“We don’t have a lot of information, but we need to respect them. The Brazilian team needs to respect….what are they called? Ah, Zimbabwe.” (“NÃ£o temos muita noÃ§Ã£o (em relaÃ§Ã£o ao time zimbabuano), mas temos que respeitar. No futebol atual o Brazil tem que respeitar… qual o nome? Ah, ZimbÃ¡bue”)
(By Paul Morissey)