East Bengal coach Francisco Bruta da Costa has been asked by Nelo Vingada to link up with him at the Egyptian Football Association.
Francisco worked with Vingada during spells at Kerala Blasters FC, North-East United FC and the Malaysian national team. The Portuguese has been designated Egypt’s strategic advisor and technical director. He wants the Goan coach by his side once more.
Francisco will be travelling to Egypt next week. “His appointment is already confirmed,” said a source speaking to TOI. “In Egypt, he will assist Vingada, so he will have to take up whatever is assigned to him. It could be youth development, junior teams or even the seniors“.
Francisco Bruta, Vingada reunite
Last term, Francisco Bruta was appointed East Bengal coach. However, prior to him taking charge, East Bengal made it to the ISL. Hence, Robbie Fowler was chosen to coach them.
The Goan has his fair share of experience, previously working in Malaysia and Bangladesh.
On arriving in Egypt, he will join another esteemed coach – Carlos Queiroz. The ex-Portugal coach has worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. He has now joined Egypt after being in charge of the Colombian National Team.
On the other hand, Vingada makes a return to Egypt after establishing himself with Zamalek SC when he led them to Egyptian Premier League title glory. Previously, he was responsible for the Egyptian U-23 national team. Failing to qualify for the 2008 Olympics, he was replaced.
The new East Bengal coach mentioned that it was a privilege working alongside Vingada. Between 1993 and 1994, he was in charge of the Seleccao.
As assistant manager, Vingada claimed the U20 World Cup with Portugal two times. In 1996, with Saudi Arabi, he bagged the Asian Cup as the head coach. Besides that, he has won titles in Jordan, Egypt and South Korea.
“Working with Nelo (Vingada) was like a dream come true for me. First and foremost, he is a great human being with a great personality. God has blessed him with so much success. If you see his achievements, it is no mean feat” said Francisco.
He went on to say he was glad to meet and collaborate with such a person. The Goan rues the unfortunate time at North-East United. Following that season, Vingada asked Francisco to continue working with him as a part of his technical staff.
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