The club’s retreat came Ismaili About contracting with the Portuguese Helder Cristovao as technical director of the football team, following the announcement of the official website and the club’s official page about the inauguration of the Portuguese coach, which sparked a wave of controversy in the football street, which we shed light on in the following lines.
Q: Did Al-Ismaily sign the Portuguese Helder Cristovao?
A: Yes, the Ismaili board of directors, headed by Eng. Yahya El-Koumi, contracted with the Portuguese Heldir Christofao, to take over the technical management of the first team in the new season, succeeding Hamza El-Gamal.
Q: Has the coach arrived in Cairo?
A: The Portuguese coach was scheduled to arrive in Cairo the day after tomorrow, provided that his assistant staff would include an assistant coach and a load planner.
Q: Why did Al-Ismaili retract the contract with Cristovao?
A: The Ismaili club withdrew from contracting with the Portuguese Helder Cristovao as technical director of the football team, due to the outrage that the Ismaili fans had on social media, following the announcement of the official website and the club’s official page about the inauguration of the Portuguese coach due to the decline in his numbers and his poor training trip, so that the news was deleted from Ismaily official platforms.
Q: What about the Cristovao training trip?
A: Cristovao has a distinguished biography as a player, as he has previously represented several clubs, led by Paris Saint-Germain, France’s Benfica and Spain’s Departiva La Coruna, as well as representing his country’s first and Olympic team in many international stations.
On the training front, he trained several clubs in Portugal, the most important of which are Benfica, Estoril Praia and Portimonense, in addition to Al-Nassr, Al-Ettifaq and Al-Hazm in the Saudi League.
The 51-year-old Portuguese coach also obtained the first-class training license from the European Union, in addition to other accredited certificates.
Q: Who will lead the Ismaili in the new season technically?
A: The Ismaili administration is still in the process of negotiating with a number of foreign and Egyptian coaches to choose one of them to train the team in the new season.
Q: When does the Ismaili preparation period start?
A: The preparation period for the first football team in the Ismaili Club will start at 6 pm today, Tuesday, at its main stadium in Ismailia, as part of preparation for the competitions of local competitions.