THE BALL – “I was the champion at FC Porto but the rise of Chaves was something more celebrated” (Chaves)

THE BALL – “I was the champion at FC Porto but the rise of Chaves was something more celebrated” (Chaves)

Chaves ’return to the League brings back former protagonists in the history of the Flavienses. The first inclusion of Trás-os-Montes on the map of the mainland took place in 1985/86, after the rise of the Liguilha conflict, after the 2nd place in the northern region of ‘ the 2nd section.

A success achieved with Raul Águas and a time of indescribable happiness for a region that was unaware of the existence of such a powerful football representative. Cape Verdean midfielder Kiki, a well-known figure in the 90s, more famous for his arrival at FC Porto, where he was the national champions, was one of the worthy passengers of that Trás-os dream. -It’s mountains. intoxicating facts. Kiki has previously played for Vitória de Guimarães, in Antas he came after passing SC Braga.

“I have great memories of all the clubs, but Chaves I’m sure I can say was the most memorable chapter of my career. That’s where I started myself as a professional player, I went up to Division 1 and in “an unforgettable game in the last game of Liguilha, which was in Madeira against União. We lost by 2-3 points, I did the same and still won by 4-3” , recalls Kiki, who shared a role in the middle stage with two historians from Chaves: António Borges and Diamantino Braz.Chaves was included in Division 1 and impressed everyone with the ranks 6th in 1985/86 and 5th in 86/87, which deserves to be promoted to UEFA.Kiki is among those brilliant marches.

“Pedroto saw me, through a scout, who saw me playing in the Cabral Cup amílcar match between Cape Verde and Mali. Then there was the whole process led by Mr. Costa Silva for me to play in Portugal in Vitória. But it was a very good team and didn’t give me much space to play. My colleague Amândio Barreiras made a commitment to Chaves and convinced me to take part in this change as well. I owe a lot to Barreiras. I hired Álvaro Carolino, who was eventually fired, and Raul Águas, who was still playing, came. We ended up on the climb and it was an incredible story for everyone, ”said Kiki, now 60, who lives in Cape Verde and president of Académica da Praia, the country’s new national champion. A success that lasted 53 years.

“I can add that the rise of Chaves was a great celebration, the biggest I have ever experienced, the fans were all shocked. I speak freely, I was a champion at FC Porto, but it was not the same as the way it was celebrated. our residents. We were greeted by firefighters and the cars were driven by fans, walking all over the city, ”Kiki records. long after that he was at FC Porto.

“It’s not surprising because Manuel José took me to SC Braga. I had already made a contract with him to join Sporting, but in the meantime he left and took me to SC Braga. After that something I did in Braga FC Porto saw my talent and it was through Artur Jorge that I came to the club in 89/90.Artur Jorge also almost made me an international for Portugal. I was on the bench in the game against the Netherlands, our victory over Rui Águas in Antas, ”he said, afraid to look at the world of his entry into the world. blue and white.

“It’s a star-studded team, and most of them were European champions two years earlier. There was João Pinto, a senior captain and leader on and off the field. In that locker room, they strongly encouraged any players to come. I played three seasons and fulfilled my contract with FC Porto with an unforgettable win in the two-time championship, ”recalls Kiki, who amassed 55 games for the Dragons during the season. three -year -olds, scoring goals for União da Madeira. After Artur Jorge, he worked with Carlos Alberto Silva, saw the rise of Baía and lived with stars from the East such as Timofte and Kostadinov.

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