Portimonense kick-off!

After the final dates for the resumption of Portugal’s top division following the coronavirus suspension were agreed upon last Friday, Portimonense find themselves in the ‘enviable’ position of kicking off the 10 remaining fixtures next Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm.

The Algarveans, whose Municipal Stadium was approved by the health authorities along with 13 other grounds, welcome Gil Vicente, now coached by former manager Vítor Oliveira, before Benfica visit the following week.

The intensive catch-up programme set to be concluded by July 26 ends with matches against currently third-from-last Paços de Ferreira (away) and bottom side Aves (home), encounters potentially decisive in the ensuing relegation dogfight.

Paulo Sérgio, on the bench since last February, has been approached by the club with a view to extending his contract, but has stated that he would rather wait until the end of the present campaign before putting pen to paper.

Meanwhile, the €110,000 debt vis-à-vis the Bruno Tabata transfer dating back to 2015 has been paid in full to Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro.

By SKIP BANDELE