ISL: NorthEast United FC appoint Vingada as head coach

Mumbai, July 26 (IANS) Indian Super League (ISL) franchise NorthEast United Football Club (NEUFC) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Eduardo Manuel Martinho Braganza de Vingada, commonly known as Nelo Vingada as the new head coach for the forthcoming third edition of the tournament.

Coaching the Portugal Under-20 team to finish third in the FIFA U-20 World Cup and earlier winning it twice along with acclaimed manager Carlos Queiroz, Vingada is the best match for the young and energetic NEUFC.

His international experience and tutelage will help the team to best claim their stake on ISL-2016.

Vingada has also managed the Saudi Arabia national team, guiding them in the 1996 AFC Asian Cup title and helped them qualify for the 1998 World Cup.

In his extensive coaching career of 35 years and beyond, Vingada has managed the Iran Olympic Side, served as the technical director of Benfica and helped FC Seoul emerge victorious in the 2010 K League, also coaching the teams in Jordan, Morocco, Egypt and China.

He holds a unique distinction of leading Egyptian side Zamalek FC to the title without losing a single game in the season.

The 63-year-old Vingada, was equally thrilled with proceedings and expressed his approval.

“John Abraham and I have the same outlook on the game and the team. We want to bring in more talent that will be professional and willing to learn and evolve into better players,” he said.

“The club has been putting in a good amount of efforts and you can see that over seasons. The club currently has talented players and I aim to train the team and bring a good balance between each player. This season we hope to see better results for NEUFC.”

“I think that I am a coach who respects the man behind the player. Working with the talented Indian boys is an exciting prospect for me. The players we will now bring in will complement the existing squad,” the new coach added.

“I welcome Nelo Vingada as the new head coach of NEUFC. The team looks forward to learning from his tremendous leadership skills and the strategic acumen,” the Bollywood star said.

“His international experience makes him the most suitable coach to nurture and lead the team. Nelo has already proved himself as a winner and his attitude matches the vision we harbor for the club,” Abraham added.

–IANS

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