Amadora booted out

by CHRIS WRIGHT

Estrela da Amadora has been expelled from Liga Sagres for financial irregularities and the large sums owed to the taxman, Social Security and playing staff.

Amadora, a satellite city of Lisbon and the most densely populated municipality of Portugal, finished 11th last season and will now compete in lower league football for the first time in many years.

Belenenses, who finished 15th last season and were relegated, receive a reprieve for the second time in four years. Boavista, who won the Premier Division only eight years ago, will not have a professional team next season.

Relegated from the Liga Vitalis to the third tier, the club had the chance of a reprieve when Gondomar and Vizela were relegated due to charges of bribery of referees. However, the club’s bid to pay the large sums it owes to the State in instalments was rejected by the tax authorities.

As reported in last week’s Algarve Resident, the Brazilian and former Braga player Jailson has now signed for SC Olhanense and 21-year old Marcel Malie Gomis has put pen to paper after returning from a year in Russia where he played for Shinnik.

Latest additions to the squad could be the Nigerian forward Greg Nwekolo, currently playing in Indonesia where he scored 13 goals in 23 games for Persija Jakarta, and Colombian Oscar Guerrero who plays in Argentina.

As part of their pre-season programme, Olhanense will visit Portimao on Sunday, July 26 to play Portimonense and then on Wednesday, August 5 they travel to Quarteira to take on Division 3 Quarteirense.

As the Algarve Resident went to press, the draw for the 1st and 2nd phases of the Carlsberg League Cup was taking place. Portimonense enter at the 1st phase, played over the first weekend of August, whilst Olhanense enter at the 2nd phase. The eagerly awaited fixtures for Liga Sagres will be announced tomorrow (Saturday).