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In Reencounter With Torres, Mejores Beat MKC

It was a night of joy for Mejores supporters as the team defeated the one-time I-League champions of Mighty Karak Chai in its first GL9 bout.

In an unnusual scene, the most greeted player on the pitch was with the visiting team. Fernão Torres returned to Maraca Bombonera for the first time since leaving the Brazilian team 6 seasons ago and received an standing ovation from the home crowd as Mejores’ President, Elisha Carmeli, awarded him with a commemorative plate celebrating his achievements.

“It felt great! Being back here, in front of this amazing crowd… I missed it!”, said Torres in an interview

The Plate Presented to Fernão Torres

The Plate Presented to Fernão Torres

In the field, however, the cheers were for Changelay Bira, Sylweriusz Długoborski and Paolo Vigani, twice, who scored the goals on Mejores 4-1 victory. ‘Singham’ Dikholakar scored the visitors goal.

Coach Cassiano seemed happy with his team’s performance:

“We did well. Not everyone can say they’ve beaten a team like MKC, and we’ve done it on our first GL match of the season. I expect us to keep improving as we move forward and hoppefully we can catch up to the Slivers at the top of the table”

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Cassiano to Replace Nogueira

The club has announced that following tomorrow’s match against Rockets Sports Cambuci and the end of the league season, club legend Silvano Nogueira will be stepping down from his position as first team coach to focus on his personal life.

Silvano, who played more than 400 games in 25 seasons for Mejores, has been battling an injury that has prevented him from being “a better coach” as according to himself. He will be with the team for the last match of the league, but is expected to leave before the end of the season.

The fans are expected to make a big farewall party to the biggest club icon and to welcome new head coach Félix Cassiano, a homegrown hero that made a triunphal return home, after 12 seasons away and has been with Mejores ever since.

“I’m happy to have been named for the job and I hope I can do as well as Silvano did.”, said Cassiano after the announcement.

Cassiano will face great pressure from the fans, not only is he replacing a legend, he’ll have to continue Nogueira’s rebuilding process that so far has shown great promise, but hasn’t shown great results yet.

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“Every end brings a new beginning”

That seems to be the philosophy adopted by Mejores as the club tries a fresh start in a lower division.

There are new faces at Maraca Bombonera

There are new faces at Maraca Bombonera

Financial difficulties and an aging squad were the reasons given by Mejores’ president, Elisha Carmeli, following last week’s big announcement that the club would be selling all of it’s first-team players.

Even though the club had been giving signs of what was to come, most of the supporters were taken by surprise with the departure of some big names like Aguado and Boguslaw as stated to the blog by 46-year-old, Mejores supporter, José da Costa

“Well, we weren’t expecting that, I mean, if they had sold only 2 or 3 players, but they sold our whole squad!!! What’s going on!?!?”

The supporters, however, don’t need to be worried according to Carmeli.

“We sold big names, but we brought new faces. Young ones, it’s true, but full of potential and will.”

Alongside the departure of loved players and the arrival of future stars, the club also announced a change in the coaching staff, as Zeljko Uitz decided not to continue as the club coach on this new era to come. He was inducted into the club’s hall of fame and invited to work as the club PR Manager.

The new first-team coach will be club legend Silvano Nogueira, who said to be delighted with the opportunity.

“It’s going to be an extraordinary experience. I hope to get the club back on the winning way and look forward to work with the young guys we’re bringing in”

The club is set to debut tomorrow at the Copa do Brasil against Barfla 09 and on sunday at the league against SE Mirin, but before it does a few more players are expected to join the club, including former GL star Sami Arsal.

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