SPECIFICALLY, if you are far from home, like if you are from Portugal and you meet some folks from Lisbon or Porto while you are in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo to be particular, do you become chatty?
Do you notice any differences between the way you or they behave outside your country? Do you instantly discuss the current place you are in and how it compares to back home?
Naturally, in this particular situation, one has to show love for his countrymen and countrywoman by being forthcoming and friendly.
However, with the ongoing Castle Lager Premier Soccer League programme having reached fever pitch, Bulawayo Chiefs head coach Nilton Terroso has bemoaned his inability to often meet his fellow countryman Baltemar José de Oliveira Brito, the Highlanders coach who is three months old in the City of Kings and Queens together with his assistant Antonio Joao Martins Leao Torres who also hails from Portugal.
Brito (71) was born in Brazil but has lived in Portugal for 48 years where he spent the vast majority of his professional football career representing Vitória de Guimarães, F.C. Paços de Ferreira (two spells), C.D. Feirense, Rio Ave FC (two stints), Vitória de Setúbal and Varzim SC.
Terosso, who has dual citizenship for Portugal and Canada, is deemed as the “senior foreign citizen” as compared to the three. He was the first to arrive in Zimbabwe when he joined Chiefs in October last year before the 2021/2022 Premier Soccer League action.
It’s no wonder that he feels obliged to frequently catch up with Brito and Torres.
“To be honest we have met a couple of times and we exchanged numbers. We text especially with Brito’s assistant coach Antonio. They have come to watch a couple of our games as well so that is where I met them the most.
“However, we haven’t had as much time as we would like because we sometimes play on the same day and train on the same days. So, we haven’t really interchanged. We haven’t had as much of a chance to have met and spoken but we initiated contact and communicate, of course the relation is there and we hope it will continue to develop,” said Teresso.
They might be adversaries when duty calls where their tactics and results will differentiate them, it is pleasing to note that they have sought to build bridges across their club differences to pursue the common good at a time the Twitter Kings made a hullabaloo in the social media streets following their 1-0 Chibuku Cup quarter-final triumph over the Bulawayo giants.
Alas, Terroso was not in his club’s dugout as he watched the game with his family as well as club owner Lovemore Sibanda from the stands after walking out from last Thursday’s training session.
But the good news is that Terroso is back at work giving so much assurance of a continued full course PSL action with a Portuguese flavour.
PSL Week 28 Fixtures
ZPC Kariba v Black Rhinos (Nyamhunga), Cranborne Bullets v Highlanders (Vengere), FC Platinum v Bulawayo City (Mandava), Yadah v CAPS United (NSS), Chicken Inn v Whawha (Luveve), Tenax CS V Harare City (Sakubva)
Dynamos v Ngezi Platinum Stars (NSS), Bulawayo Chiefs v Manica Diamonds (Luveve), Triangle v Herentals (Gibbo)