From player to coach
Catarina Lopes will now train Benedictine with the challenge of keeping the Leiria Football Association team in the Division of Honor, having to recover eight points in the 15 that still have to play.
"The goals are clear: to ensure maintenance and to win a place in the final. If he did not believe, he had not accepted the invitation to take the job. It's two months that will guarantee a lot of work, commitment and attitude on my part, the people who work with me and the players, "he told the Lusa news agency and was the coordinator of the training of the Benedictine Association of Culture and Sport (ABCD).
With five games to go, Benedita's Alcobaca parade remains in 15th and penultimate position, with 18 points, to eight from the salvage zone, and no longer wins nine meetings, which are the worst sequence ever of the 'canarinhos' in that race.
On the other hand, Benedict will discuss with the Marinese leader one of the semi-finals of the Division of Honor Cup, a competition in which ABCD has triumphed twice in the last three years in 2015/16 and 2017/18.
Following the defeat conceded on Sunday in Figueiró dos Vinhos by 3-2, coach Rui Agostinho made the place available and Catarina Lopes, 24, agreed to become the first woman to coach a club in the district football Leyriense, commanding a technical team formed by three more feminine elements.
"It does not matter the gender of the trainer, but the competence. In a way, the players already know me. I am a club member, I am part of the coordination and I think that acceptance as a coach will be positive because we have created good relationships over time. More than liking me, I want them to respect me and be with me in the options for these finals we are going to have, "he explained.
Speaking to Lusa, the president of ABCD argues that the option for Catarina Lopes, curiously daughter of the club leader, was the "most logical solution", taking into account the profile and the work performed in the last four years. space for "hesitations".
To see, Luís Lopes refuses to integrate the coach into the long-term prospects of the club, since Catarina intends to continue to evolve in the main women's league in the country and until now has had "an invitation or two" of teams primodivisionárias to be attached from next season.
"Maybe it's the first women to take on a men's team in senior football. It may be good or bad, but it is always a change. Catarina is not a person of barriers nor is afraid of assuming the situations. If things do not go as expected and she thinks about other ways, I will not want to cut her legs, "said the top Canarinho official, who does not throw" the towel on the floor "in the fight for permanence.