In a bid to fortify its team ahead of the commencement of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), FC Ifeanyi Ubah of Nnewi, Anambra, on Wednesday unveiled six Brazilian players.
The Players who arrived at the Murtala Muhammed Airport at about 1.30pm on Wednesday, were accompanied by two Brazilian coaches.
Speaking to reporters at the airport, club Chairman Chukwuma Ubah hailed the historic event before adding that the players were in the country for trials into the club.
He thereafter urged the players to do their best so they can earn their contracts with the club.
“This is the first time in the history of Nigeria that we will have players from Brazil playing in our league.
“We decided that even if you are Messi or Ronaldo, you must touch the ball before we sign you on to our club.
“We have seen situations where players don’t disclose that they have injury, all in the name joining a club by all means.
“So, we are here to receive them as a team and we are happy to have them in Nigeria,” he said.
Ubah also maintained that the club will continue to sign home based players that can meet the club’s criteria, noting that the arrival of the Brazilians would not deprive Nigeria players of their chances.
The chairman said: “Our target as a club is to bring good football to the country.
“Ifeanyi Ubah FC is still open to home-based players for trials.
“Our players can learn from the Brazilians if they are better than them and likewise the Brazilians can also learn from our players.
“The owner of the club is a man of integrity and all he wants is the best for the club.”
One of the players, who identified himself as Ramirez expressed his delight in coming to Nigeria as Nigerian players are well recognized across the globe.
The 2015/2016 NPFL season will resume on February 21.
The team owned by business mogul Ifeanyi Ubah finished the 2014/2015 season in 11th position.