Kwara United have completed the signing of Brazilian winger Lucas Ribeiro Alves on a one-year loan deal.
The newly signed player will be unveiled soon, according to the player’s Greece-based Nigerian agent Peter Denise Alade.
Alves is the second big name signing to join the Afonja Warriors, ahead of the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League, following the arrival of former Super Eagles goalkeeper Dele Ayenugba from Israeli side Hapoel Afula.
We learnt Kwara United had been on the trail of the former Corinthians winger, with Alade playing a key role in the arrival of the South American to the Ilorin-based club.
Alves, who can also function as a midfielder, was formerly playing in the US and had his stay cut short following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
The 25-year-old hopes to play a big role in Kwara United’s campaign next season, but admits the NPFL is a new challenge.
“I feel good, it’s a challenge and I’m going to learn a lot here. After I left the US due to coronavirus, I returned to Brazil but Peter (Nigerian agent) told me to come here (Kwara United), he said they play good football in Nigeria.”
“I’ll do my best to help the team; what’s important is the team. So many things like the food and the way they drive here is new to me, but I enjoyed the reception I got. It’s a lovely place to be,” Alves told the media.
Nigerian agent Alade, who is the CEO of Prime Sports Management, said Alves would bring along the Brazillian style of football to Kwara United.
“Lucas is a highly disciplined professional footballer. He will bring the Brazilian style; he’s a playmaker with good passes and scores goals too,” Alade said.238