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Ibrahim Said joins Portuguese lower-league club

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Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Two-time AFCON winner has joined Portuguese lower league club FC Setúbal and will perform administrative and managerial duties besides playing.

In an interview given to local newspaper O Setubalense, FC Setúbal manager Mário Leandro announced that 36-year-old defender Ibrahim Said, winner of the AFCON in 2006 and 2008 would be joining the club for the upcoming season to contribute on all aspects of the club.

“He offered himself to give us a hand. The main goal of the club is to grow quickly and Ibrahim Said’s international exposure will help us. We want to be champions.”

Said, who was last performing as a player-manager at Egyptian 3rd division side Goldi, will now perform duties as a player, official and member of the technical staff at the side founded in 2015 and that finished in 6th place in Portugal’s 5th tier (Setúbal’s regional 2nd tier) last season.

The club has high hopes for the season and has also recruited Congolese striker Sakho from Brazzaville, former São Paulo academy goalkeeper Eduardo Castro and centre back Alexsandro from local rivals Alcanenense. FC Setúbal also aim to connect the city’s social neighbourhoods to the club, by making open trials to scout local talent and by playing in a stadium that’s in the city centre rather than the two borrowed grounds used last season.

The competition calendar is yet to be released, but Ibrahim Said and FC Setúbal will compete with 16 other teams for the championship and the chance to climb the ladder of Portuguese football.

Alexandre Queirós is a Portuguese sports enthusiast, with particular focus African, Portuguese and Oceanic football. He followed the exploits of the Egyptian players plying their trade in Portugal for and also covers the rest of African football for other websites. He also proudly sates that he has been on the BBC World Service radio, even though he only said one sentence.

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