As part of the deal between Vasco da Gama and Portuguese top-flight outfit Vitória de Guimarães, Vasco coach Tony de Nobrega is set for a trip to Portugal to grow his expertise.
De Nobrega, who has also coached Bloemfontein Celtic in South Africa’s elite league, has led Vasco to an encouraging run so far in the new National First Division season, and while he will be the first from Cape Town to learn new ideas in Portugal, there will be opportunities for some of his players too.
The Cape Town NFD club, situated across the road from Ajax Cape Town’s Ikamva facility, are now under the chairman-ship of Mario Ferreira, CEO of the TMM Group of companies in Gauteng.
“I believe that you need to partner with clubs who have something to offer in expertise and experience. We need that knowledge and the first thing is coaching experience. Both senior and youth coaches from Vasco will be learning from the coaches in Portugal,” said Ferreira’s strategy consultant Ashley Kotzin at the launch.
“Tony (De Nobrega) will be going over to Guimarães soon to go and learn how things work. It’s always good to have robust discussions about youth development football; what type of training is working now at the best systems in Europe and what we can learn and bring back to Vasco.”
CEO Ferreira said: “We want to attract the best talent in the Western Cape area and by partnering with a club of Vitória de Guimarães’ stature, we believe that the Vasco development set-up has just been given a massive boost in the right direction.
“Previously where young players might have joined Vasco’s youth set-up with the dream of making the first team, playing in the NDF and possibly the Absa Premiership, they now have a new ceiling. They can now aspire to reaching the top level in Europe too.”