99-year-old Arab immigrant in Brazil vows support for Algeria at World Cup

Adib Daoud, 99, who was born in the town of Jebrayel in Lebanon’s Akkar district, never went back to his hometown since his departure in 1929. (Al Arabiya)

While Lebanon will not be playing in the 2014 World Cup, one of its citizens - who is allegedly one of the first immigrants of Lebanese origin in Brazil - has vowed to support Algeria, the only Arab country to participate in football’s biggest tournament.

Adib Daoud, 99, who was born in the town of Jebrayel in Lebanon’s Akkar district, never went back to his hometown since his departure in 1929. He currently lives in the Brazilian city of Uberlândia.

“I promise you, I will cheer for it [Algeria], of course… we are Arabs and there’s a blood bond,” Daoud told Al Arabiya News Channel on Monday.

No longer fluent

During the interview, Daoud, who insisted on speaking in Arabic even though he is no longer very fluent, said that the Brazilian team Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras was the only team he ever cheered for.

The team, with its nickname of “Verdao” which means green in Portuguese, ironically shares the same color of the Algerian football national team.

Daoud, who is about to turn 100, has survived both his wife and parents and lives by himself.

He says he spends much of his time sleeping or watching television.

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43
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