Jefferson returns to Botafogo after his time at the World Cup
Things are not going well at Botafogo with the team’s erratic form leaving them perilously close to the Brasileirão relegation zone. Fans will be relieved, therefore, to hear that their goalkeeper and captain is expected to be named in Vagner Mancini’s team to take on Coritiba in Volta Redonda later today.
Jefferson enjoyed two days off following his involvement with the Seleção during the World Cup but returned to Botafogo on Wednesday with the aim of turning around the club’s fortunes following the 1-0 defeat to Sport Recife in the Brasileirão.
“It has been a difficult year. We have to be united. We ask for the support of our more than three million fans. We need to work together to get the points we need to push us clear of the relegation zone,” said the 31-year-old who has been at the club since 2009.
Jefferson knows the responsibility that rests on his shoulders and, in a press conference on Friday, appeared anxious to return to action for o Glorioso.
“I’m both happy and eager to get back and represent Botafogo. Even though I was with the Seleção, I kept in touch with our squad. I never switched off from thinking about the club and now I am returning 100% focussed on Botafogo.”