Olhanense struggles to register players

Olhanense’s money problems continue as the club was forbidden on Monday (June 29) from registering any players for the next football season due to outstanding Social Security and tax payments.

The club, which only two seasons ago was still competing in Portugal’s first division, has already promised it will find a way to fix the problem by next week.

“All clubs have 10 days, after being notified, to solve the situation. The administration of Olhanense SAD will solve these problems before the deadline,” the club announced on Tuesday (June 30).

If the club fails to do so, it risks relegation to lower divisions.

First-division clubs Vitória de Setúbal and Académica as well as fellow second tier clubs Leixões, Aves, Oliveirense and Oriental are also banned from registering players until they paid their overdue debts.

It is reported that Olhanense will begin training for the next season on Monday (July 6) although there are still many doubts about who will feature in the squad.

Nuno Diogo, Diogo Melo, Celestino and Duarte Machado are among the many who have already left the club.