Pretoria - Newly signed Mamelodi Sundowns right-back Ricardo Nascimento believes that playing regularly would improve his chances of a spot in the Brazil squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The 29-year-old defender joined the PSL reigning champions on a three-year contract from Portugal and is likely to fill the void left by Ramahlwe Mphahlele, who recently joined Kaizer Chiefs.
Nascimento said he is aware of the tough competition for a starting berth at Sundowns but is willing to fight for his place and help the team reach its targets.
"For me it is an important project of joining Sundowns," said Nascimento.
"It'll also help me achieve my dream of playing in the next world cup because they (Sundowns) are playing in the CAF Champions league.
"And playing in the champions league will boost my chances to play in the next world cup for Brazil.
"But I have to first work hard to cement my place in the Sundowns team and also help them to reach their targets."