October 28th, 2011
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Savio Medeira appointed new football coach

Mfootballargao: Savio Medeira shall be the Indian football teams new Shepard. The All India Football Federation  promoted Savio Medeira as the coach of Indian team, till the expiry of his contract in May 2012. Medeira has been working as deputy to former coaches Bob Houghton and Armando Colaco for the past three years. AIFF general secretary Kushal Das, after consultation with executive committee members decided to hand over the formal letter to Medeira.

“It’s a great honour to be India’s coach. But at the same time it’s a huge responsibility as well,” Medeira told.”I have asked Marcus Pacheco (the current goalkeeping coach) to be the assistant coach besides looking after goalkeeping. The supporting staff will remain the same,” he added.

Medeira said his immediate concern was the three upcoming international friendlies, against Malaysia on November 13 and 16 at Assam and Kolkata respectively, and against Zambia on November 29 at Goa.”Given the tight schedule of the I-League, we are expected to have a one-day camp prior to our first friendly. I hope we do well,” he said. The biggest challenge though would be the SAFF Cup when India defend their title – which they won with a reserve side in Bangladesh – at home in December, he added.

The post has been vacant after interim coach Armando Colaco rejected the AIFF’s offer to extend his contract by one year. AIFF had tried to rope in Salgaocar Sports Club coach Karim Bencherifa for the top post but he too refused citing club commitments.






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