Botafogo to hand Sassá debut Brasileirão start
Botafogo are set to hand a debut Brasileirão start to 18-year-old centre-forward Sassá this weekend, as they prepare to take on Flamengo in the final round of the Brazilian Championship.
With Elkeson in the process of completing a €6 million move to China, the club do not want to risk injuring the player, while fellow teenager Bruno Mendes has trained separately from the squad while a legal dispute over his potential permanent transfer to Botafogo is resolved.
Sassá has recently been in fine form for Botafogo's Under-20 side, scoring three times in the two-legged final of the Torneio Octávio Pinto Guimarães last week, in a narrow defeat to Flamengo.
The Under-20 international also scored three-goals in the prestigious Copa São Paulo youth tournament at the start of the year and was the club's joint top-scorer in the Under-20 state championships with eight goals.
Botafogo will also be without the suspended Jefferson, Dória, Antônio Carlos and Andrezinho for the encounter, leaving the team light in defence, while it has already been confirmed that first-choice left-back Marcio Azevedo will not start after 59 appearances already this year.