Words by Gary Carter
GEVARO Nepomuceno hopes to go from Oldham to facing Lionel Messi, Neymar or Luis Suarez in Brazil.
The Latics ace is eyeing up a place in the big time after the tiny Caribbean island of Curacao was invited to take part in next year’s Copa America.
That means potentially facing the giants of South American football like Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
And while his immediate aim is helping Oldham avoid relegation to League Two, Nepomuceno certainly hopes for some samba action.
Left-sided star Nepomuceno, who is set to face Bolivia twice at the end of the month, said: “We’re already in and it’s now a big aim for me to make the Copa America with Curacao.
“It would be a great experience and all players want to go, even though it’s not yet been decided who we’ll play.
“Football in Brazil is essentially a religion. Playing in England is a dream for me but if I can play in the Copa America in Brazil, that would be another one realised.”
Before Nepomuceno, 25, can dream of stepping out in Brazil, he has the task of saving Oldham’s League One status on his hands.
But he is certain Richie Wellens will guide them out of trouble, thanks to the better style of football he plays.
He added: “When I came here we played more long balls and then they changed they coach and with the way he wants to play, more players are attracted to it.
“That style suits me more. I feel better. You can be sure that everyone here wants to stay up and I’m sure we will.”