KUALA LUMPUR – Eduardo Manuel Martinho Braganza de Vingada, or better known as Nelo Vingada, has been confirmed as head coach and entrusted with the task of bringing Malaysian football out of the wilderness.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) said in a statement that the 64-year-old coach from Portugal would arrive in Malaysia on May 25, and his first task would be to prepare the national team for a 2019 Asian Cup qualifier match against North Korea in Pyongyang on June 8.
Vingada’s no-nonsense style of coaching and his direct and dominant assertiveness towards players were the main factors which favoured him as the best choice to be the Malaysian national team head coach.
“I wanted the coach to also be a teacher. With the national team, it is not all about coaching but also to educate our players. With his experience and age, we see him as the best coach to guide the national team to success.
“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 Vengada and, hopefully, enjoy new-found success,” said FAM president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim in the statement.
“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,” added Tunku Ismail.
Vingada, for his part, said:”I would like to thank Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim for getting in touch with me and then meeting me in Johor recently.
“It will be an honour to coach the Malaysian national team. There is a lot of work to be done and I cannot wait to get started.”
Nicknamed ‘The Professor’ for his astute managerial methods, 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. – BERNAMA