Gibraltar Premier Division new boys Mons Calpe last night announced an exciting friendly against Portuguese Primeira Liga side Boavista FC. The game will be played in Boavista’s home ground Estadio Do Bessa on the 2nd September 2016, just a day after the Gibraltar national team face Portugal there. The idea hoping fans travelling to watch the national team would also stay there for the game. Boavista finished 14th in last season’s league campaign by former Bolivian national coach Erwin Sanchez.
The news of the big friendly follows just days after their scheduled friendly with Spanish outfit Martos CD was cancelled as the Spanish Football Association:
Se suspende el partido del Sábado contra el Mons Calpe S.C de Gibraltar.
La FAF no da su visto bueno para que se juegue.
— martosfutbolC.D (@martosfutbolc) 18 August 2016
Mons Calpe are moving quietly behind the scenes and this announcement is only the latest of significant moves made by the club in recent weeks following their link up with Amercian outfit Storm FC and the prestigious Fundacion Marcet in Barcelona. News about their management team for the new season also announced with a teaser message on their Facebook page revealing an experienced former player in Spain and Portugal’s top flights would take over as head coach, with Terrence Jolley his assistant. The lengthy announcement read:
“The Club is delighted to announce that through this new alliance and affiliation with the Storm FC from the United States, it has embarked in a very ambitious Project, which will be implemented in Gibraltar starting this season. As a token of the first actions in which the club is embarking on, they have secured a historic task to play against Portugal’s 1st division team Boavista FC. The game is to take place in Porto, at The Bessa Stadium, an absolutely stunning venue and the game will be played this following September 2nd, which is the day after the Gibraltar National Team plays against Portugal’s National team at the same iconic venue. Therefore giving the opportunity to anyone who wishes to attend both games can do so with little to no extra effort. This is exactly the type of event we would want to be participating in as a top-flight club and another step in creating longstanding relationships that will aid the club in its professional development and that of its players always focusing on the Project they have embarked on. During the summer we have been working hard to professionalise all aspects of the Club, top training facilities have been secured for the entire year and we have attracted some fantastic and experienced foreign talents to help our local players grow on an off the field. It is a unique project, one that will establish links and avenues never before touched by Gibraltar Football.It will be an unforgettable and emotional experience to watch Mons Calpe step on to such a historic stadium, something we could only dream about when we were established just over three years ago. This historic game has come through our new manager, who played over 140 games in the Portuguese top flight winning the league twice with Benfica and the Portuguese cup. More information on this appointment in the forthcoming week. This announcement does not mean that Terence Jolley will leave the club, Terry has a vital role as his assistant and is very important going forward.”
Mons Calpe continue to do their business behind the scenes with more players and their new manager, whom sources indicate could be of Brazilian origin, expected to be announced soon.