FOLLOWING his first match in charge, newly appointed Bulawayo Chiefs’ Portuguese head coach Nilton Terroso reckons that Zimbabwean football is characterised by pace and transitional play.
Terroso was on Saturday in the Chiefs dugout for the first time when Chiefs played a one all draw in a dead rubber Chibuku Super Cup tie against Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium.
Hard-running Brian Muza scored for Gamecocks in the first half while impressive Amakhosi captain Malvin Mkolo got the equaliser nine minutes into the second stanza.
“I have tried to watch as much as I can. I have tried to get a good idea in terms of the style and in terms of how the game is played in Zimbabwe. I have noticed that Chicken Inn does the same thing as Bulawayo Chiefs. There are quite some similarities, Zimbabwean football is very fast, it’s very transitional and the players have technical ability and they like to have the ball in their feet. There is quality within the players in Zimbabwe,” said Terroso.
The Portuguese mentor came to Chiefs with an impressive profile having deputised Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff City working as head of sports science and a fitness coach.
He is a holder of the UEFA A coaching licence, a BSc in Football Coaching and Performance from University of South Wales.
According to his profile on sportcareersagency.com, as of November 6, 2018, Terroso was appointed by Solskjaer as head coach of Cardiff City’s Under-23 side when the Manchester United mentor was a manager at the club seven years ago.
“In 2014, while continuing to work alongside the senior team, I was appointed the Head Coach of the Cardiff City Professional Development Squad (U-23 team) by the senior team manager Ole Solskjaer. In 2015 I moved back to Portugal to pursue my coaching career. I was invited to become head coach of Atletico Clube de Portugal in the Portuguese second division. I have coached professionally in Portugal ever since,” Terroso says.