Vingada steps down as Malaysia head coach

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Portuguese coach Nelo Vingada has resigned as Malaysia head coach, after seven winless matches for the Harimau Malaya since he took over in May.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


Portuguese coach Eduardo Manuel Martinho Braganza de 'Nelo' Vingada has stepped down as head coach of Malaysia, announced the Malaysian FA (FAM) on Wednesday.

In a brief statement published on the association's website, the 64-year old trainer explained that the decision was taken after a meeting with FAM president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

"With this sense of responsibility, I hereby announce to relinquish my position as national head coach with immediate effect and the Tunku President himself has also accepted my decision," he stated.

Both his assistants, Joao Arnaldo Correia De Carvalho and Francisco Jose Bruto Da Costa, will also be leaving with him, he added.

The much-experienced and title winning coach had been announced as head coach only earlier this year, on 15 May 2017. Tunku Ismail hired Vingada to replace former head coach Dato' Ong Kim Swee, after the Johor Crown Prince was elected FAM president. However, he failed to emulate his past successes as Asian Cup winner and K-League champion, with the Harimau Malaya.

He failed to guide the national team to qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup, and out of the seven official matches played with him at the helm, Malaysia lost five and drew two.

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