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Posted by portugalpress on July 21, 2015
From left: Olhanense coach Cristiano Bacci and Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders
Chesterfield defend a corner
From left: Tiago Maia (away) and Materazzi (home) model this season's shirts

Olhanense made five new signings in the week before their first pre-season outing against Chesterfield at the Colina Verde Golf & Sports Resort, Maragota. Defensive midfielder Ousmane Baldé, who hails from Guinea but is the holder of a French passport, has joined from Tours FC whilst Virga has arrived from Italian club Folgore Caratese. Douglas Cordeiro and João Falque come via Lisbon club Belenenses and Olhão born Januário Jesus (ex. Moncarapachense) completes the quintet.

It was a useful workout for Olhanense against the Spireites under new manager and former Welsh international Dean Saunders. The affable Welshman, who played for Liverpool, Aston Villa and spent a season at Benfica under Graeme Souness, was full of praise for the excellent facilities at Colina Verde and said: “This has been the perfect start of our campaign to challenge for the Football League Division One title.”

The Derbyshire side won 2-0 with goals from Ebanks-Blake and Gnanduillet. Olhanense wasted several gilt edged chances and late on Ousmane Baldé had a rasping drive from a free-kick tipped over for a corner.

Nineteen players were used including centre-forward Yontcha, currently with Albanian side Elbasani, who played two seasons for Olhanense three years ago.

On Monday, Olhanense announced their 12th new signing when 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder José Coelho put pen to paper. The player has a wealth of experience having trained with FC Porto, Inter Milan (Italy) and Benfica before playing for Penafiel, Freamunde, Sheriff (Moldova), Fátima, Paços de Ferreira and latterly Felgueiras 1932 who play in the National Senior Championships.

Coelho becomes the ninth player to be signed from the lower levels of Portuguese football and it is now up to coach Cristiano Bacci to mould them into team before their first game away to relegated Penafiel in the League Cup on August 2.

The new strips, produced by Italian sportswear company Macron, have been unveiled and will be used for the first time against Benfica ’B’ at home on Saturday, August 8.

By CHRIS WRIGHT

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