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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Kaka upbeat after playing well in Brazil's final warmup before World Cup
JOHANNESBURG — Kaka is becoming increasingly optimistic with how he will perform at the World Cup.
The Brazil playmaker said his confidence was boosted after scoring and playing well in the team's final warmup before the tournament on Monday, and is likely to keep improving until the opener against North Korea on June 15.
'I felt fine,' Kaka said. 'I played better in this match. I just need to loosen up a little more, but we have a week until the first match and I will be ready.'
Kaka played the entire match in Brazil's 5-1 win over Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. He acknowledged he is still not at his best, coming off a left thigh injury, but performed much better than in the 45 minutes he played in Brazil's first warmup, a 3-0 win over Zimbabwe in South Africa.
'There are still some minor things to adjust,' Kaka said. 'But it's not about being concerned, it's more about being anxious.'
Kaka chested in a cross by Maicon in the 76th minute on Monday, scoring his first goal with Brazil in almost a year. He hadn't scored in 12 matches, since a 4-3 win against Egypt in last year's Confederations Cup."