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KUALA LUMPUR, 15 May 2017:
Malaysia have appointed Eduardo Manuel Martinho Braganza de Vingada, or better known as Nelo Vingada, as head coach of their national side, the football association announced today, entrusting the Portuguese with the task of reviving the fortunes of the team languishing at 158th in the FIFA rankings.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) did not reveal details of the 64-year-old’s contract but Vingada’s immediate task will be to oversee the 2019 Asian Cup qualification campaign.
Malaysia have appealed against playing their June 8 qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang over security concerns, so Vingada’s first match in charge may be on Malaysian soil against Lebanon on June 13.
“I wanted the coach to also be a teacher,” FAM president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said in a statement announcing the appointment of the coach nicknamed ‘The Professor’.
“After having seen numerous coaches, both local and foreign, doing their stuff, my gut instinct tells me that Vingada is the right man for the job. I may be wrong but only time will tell.”
Vingada replaces Ong Kim Swee, who has been put in charge of Malaysia’s under-22 squad, and will arrive in Malaysia on May 25 to begin his tenure.
“With his experience and age, we see him as the best coach to guide the national team to success,” the FAM chief added.
“His work with previous national teams — both youth and senior sides — and the clubs he has coached speak volumes of his work ethics. We look forward to working with Vingada and, hopefully, enjoy new-found success.”
Vingada has more than 35 years of coaching experience, including stints with K-League side FC Seoul, Iranian powerhouse Persepolis FC and Chinese Super League side Dalian Shide FC, as well as the Saudi Arabia and Jordan national teams.
“It will be an honour to coach the Malaysian national team,” the coach said. “There is a lot of work to be done and I cannot wait to get started.”
Vingada started his coaching career as assistant to Carlos Queiroz for the Portugal Under-20 side where the duo led Portugal to back-to-back FIFA Under-20 World Cup successes in 1989 and 1991.
After succeeding Queiroz as head coach, Vingada consistently led the Portuguese Under-20 side to the semi-finals of major events like the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 1995 and Olympics in 1996.
Vingada, whose managerial career spans 35 years and counting, is a popular figure in the Asian region.
He coached the Saudi Arabia senior side (1996-1997), the Egyptian Olympic team (2004-2005), Jordan national team (2007-2009) and the Iranian Olympic squad (2014).
He also packs a wealth of coaching experience at club level as he led Egyptian Premier League side FC Zamalek and Korean K-League heavyweights FC Seoul to domestic league and Cup triumphs during
his tenure with the clubs.
His impressive CV also includes coaching Iranian powerhouse, Persepolis FC, and Chinese Super League side Dalian Shide FC.
His most recent stint was in India where he took NorthEast United FC to fifth placing (just outside the championship play-off spot) in the Indian Super League.
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