Portuguese star Augusto Inácio heads to Bermuda
Former Portugal footballer Augusto Inácio is the headline act at a dinner being organised by Vasco da Gama Club this weekend.
The 68-year-old played as a left back for Sporting and Porto and played 25 times for his country, with the highlight of his career playing at the 1984 European Championships and the World Cup in 1986.
Inácio also has an extensive post-playing career as a coach in Portugal, Greece, Iran, Brazil and Romania, leading Sporting their first title in 18 years in 2000 and is still involved in the game as a television pundit in his native land, where he is a respected voice in Portuguese football.
Richard Ambrosio, the Vasco da Gama Club president, has expressed his delight at Inácio’s visit to Bermuda.
“We are pleased that Mr Inácio will be visiting our beautiful island and helping with our fund-raising efforts,’’ Ambrosio said.
“He is a Portuguese football legend with an expansive career as a footballer, coach and commentator.
“We are particularly honoured and humbled that he will be visiting our club. We look forward to the opportunity for some of our young footballers to meet him and hopefully get some pointers from him.”
All proceeds from the dinner, which will be held at Vasco’s club headquarters in Reid Street, will go towards the Portuguese School and the Vasco Youth Programme, with tickets available from the club at $85 for the general public for those aged 13 and older, and $60 for those 12 and under.
Inácio is expected be kept busy this week overseeing a football tournament and visiting the Bermuda Football Association