Francisco Bruto Da Costa lands assistant coach role with Malaysian national team
Goa’s Francisco Bruto Da Costa will be gracing the shores of Malaysia after being appointed assistant coach of the Malaysian national football team. He is set to reunite with Malaysia’s national coach Nelo Vingada after working with the Portuguese as a part of NorthEast United FC’s coaching staff in Hero ISL 2016.
Francisco took his first strides in coaching as a 20-year-old with Salcete FC. The Margao-resident then headed the youth development set-up of Salgaocar. He has been the former youth coach of India’s U-14, U-17 and U-19 teams as well as AIFF’s Elite Academy. An AFC 'A' Licence holder from Jamshedpur in 2008, Francisco also holds Pro License under the AFC.
Francisco becomes the third Indian coach associated with a foreign national football team following the appointments of Syed Nayeemuddin and Shyam Thapa as head coaches of Bangladesh and Nepal respectively.
Francisco will link up with Malaysia’s national team early next week ahead of their opening match of the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Asian Cup 2019 Group B qualifier in Pyongyang. Ranked 158th in the FIFA standings, Malaysia will play DPR Korea on June 8 before taking on Lebanon at home on June 13.