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Cavani 'surprised' at Qatar's Copa America inclusion

AFP  |  Doha 

Uruguay's admitted Monday that Qatar's inclusion among teams in this year's Copa was a "surprise" but backed the Gulf state's first ever tournament appearance.

The 31-year-old, who plays for Qatari-owned French champions Paris Saint-Germain, said allowing host in to South America's biggest international competition could prove "special".

"To have is a surprise and I think it is going to be something very nice," the striker said to reporters at PSG's winter training camp in

"To have a team from this continent at the Copa America, it's something very special to bring a new culture and to mix with the South Americans."

The 2019 tournament will take place in in June and July this year. It was announced in May that would be one of the 12 teams taking part. have also been invited.

The same month it was also announced that Qatar's state-owned airline, Airways, would be the shirt sponsor of arguably South America's biggest club side, Boca Juniors of

has subsequently also become the "global partner" of CONMEBOL, the South American football confederation.

are the nation with the most Copa titles, 15, and said there was a real possibility they could win again.

"We have very good chances, we have been playing very well in recent years and had a good competition in Russia," he said.

"Historically, is a team smart enough to have won it the most times.

"This, I think, gives prestige to Uruguay in this competition." The draw for the event takes place on January 24.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 21:50 IST