Mourinho’s former assistant appointed Highlanders coach

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Baltemar Jose de Oliveira Brito

Highlanders have appointed Brazilian Baltemar Jose de Oliveira Brito as their new coach on a short-term contract until December 2023.

Bosso have been searching for a coach following the sacking of Mandla ‘Lulu’ Mpofu after their abandoned league match against arch-rivals Dynamos last month.

In a statement on Friday, morning Highlanders revealed that 70-year-old Oliveira Brito who worked as Jose Mourinho’s assistant at Porto, Chelsea, and Inter Milan comes in with his assistant Joao Martins Leao Torres.

Joel Luphahla will remain at the club as one of the other assistant coaches while Daniel Khumalo comes in as the goalkeeper’s coach.

“Highlanders Football Club is pleased to announce Baltemar Jose De Oliveira Brito as the new coach of the club’s first team, taking over from coach Mandla Mpofu who recently parted ways with the club on mutual consent,” reads a statement from the club.

“He will be in charge of the team up to December 2023.

“Brito is a UEFA Pro coaching license holder with vast experience, having worked as Jose Mourinho’s assistant coach at FC Porto in Portugal, Chelsea in England, and Inter Milan in Italy.

“Brito has won two UEFA Champions League titles, one UEFA Cup, two English Premier League titles, two Portuguese League titles, two Italian Championships, and one FA cup among other cups in his coaching career.

SEATTLE – JULY 22: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and assistant coach Baltemar Brito during Chelsea pre-season training at the Seahawks Complex on July 22, 2004 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

“Brito comes with an assistant coach Antonio Joao Martins Leao Torres from Portugal who is a holder of a UEFA B coaching licence.

“The entire structure of the current technical team will be announced in due course. We wish the coaches the best of luck.

Lupahla, who has been holding the fort as Bosso on an interim basis could be in the dugout when Bosso host Harare City at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday while Highlanders still process Brito’s paperwork.

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