Kenyan Premier League side Sofapaka has confirmed Divalvo Alves from Portugal as the club’s head coach.
The Portuguese, who was in Angola to an Angolan mother and a Portuguese father, will now take over as the club’s coach for the upcoming season of 2019/20. He jetted into the country on Wednesday night and linked up with the team in their training session at the Eastleigh High School on Thursday morning. Alves was welcomed to the team by the club’s president Elly Kalekwa and Team Manager Hillary Echesa where he was formally introduced to the team.
“I am glad to be here, this is my first time coaching in Africa but being a person who was born here in this continent, it is a great pleasure for me to come and work here in Kenya. I have been back to the continent many times before doing workshops with coaches in Angola, South Africa, and Algeria so finally coming to work here permanently is a pleasure,” he said.
“I have seen a bit of what the players are like from the training session and I must say I am happy with their technical ability in handling the ball, the passing and vision. Of course, there are a few things here that we need to change which is normal in football and I promise that we will work on it together.”
“I know that the team has not won the league since 2009 but I am ready to say that we will do the best possible effort, to put our blood on the pitch just to see the team win a title this season. My philosophy is based on attack. I am an attacking coach and I love to have the ball and score. This is my mentality of the game but also we must have a balance between attack and defense."
“As fans of Batoto ba Mungu, I promise that we will work together as a family to achieve results.”
He will watch the team in a friendly match on Friday at Camp Toyoyo before laying out his plans and officially starting work on Monday