Mozambican authorities will deport Portuguese coach Alberto Lário. Athletes protest and speak of “conspiracy” – Sports

“Citizens will be repatriated to their country of origin because they do not have the requirements to stay in national territory,” said Felizardo Jamaca, spokesperson for the Mozambique Migration Service in the city of Maputo, at a press conference called to clarify the case.

Alberto Lário, a figure who has been a reference for new generations of athletics in Mozambique, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, allegedly because of irregularities in his documentation.

According to Felizardo Jamaca, Alberto Lário has been in an irregular situation since 2019, the year in which his Foreign Resident Identification Document (DIRE) expired.

Alberto Lário, who was born in Mozambique and left the country at a very young age, has had an application for nationality “pending” for more than six years, but the Mozambican Migration Service considers that the technician should have raised the issue with the authorities to which he submitted. the request.

“In order to acquire nationality, it is necessary to observe certain requirements and if the request was not answered, he should have approached the entities to understand what happened. However, we do not have any evidence that he submitted a request for nationality”, said the spokesman, adding that he is already in contact with Portuguese diplomatic entities in Mozambique for Alberto Lário to be deported.

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Athlete who will represent Mozambique at the world cup in “desperation”

Verónica José, one of the six best women’s junior athletics athletes in the world, is in despair due to the detention in Maputo of her coach, the Portuguese Alberto Lário, just days before his world championship debut in Colombia.

“It will be a despair for me to have to go to the world without my coach”, explains to Lusa the athlete, who carried out her first training today to prepare for the world championship in Colombia without Lário, on a day when the Portuguese coach turns 63 years old. , which will be held in the cells of a police post in Maputo.

For Verónica José, Alberto Lário’s arrest is the result of a “conspiracy”, promoted by federation leaders who do not want to let him reap the fruits of the work that the coach has carried out in recent years with young athletes from various provinces, some of who were welcomed in their own house in Maputo, as is the case with Verónica.

“He is a father to us”, emphasizes the athlete, who even thought about giving up the world championship when she learned that “coach” Alberto was arrested, based on a complaint made by the president of the Mozambican Athletics Federation, Kamal Badrú.

Verónica José recalls that she had several opportunities to join Portuguese clubs, but it was Alberto Lário who always advised her to stay in Mozambique, as the country needs athletes.

“I have already received proposals from Sporting and Benfica, but my coach has always maintained the idea that Mozambique needs athletes”, declared Verónica José.

“For us, he plays two roles. The first as a father and the second as a coach”, says Esménio Beirão, another young athlete discovered by the Portuguese coach and who lives in Alberto Lário’s house in Maputo.

The coach’s arrest is generating outrage in Mozambican athletics, and a march is even being organised, starting at the Parque dos Continuadores track in Maputo and ending at the Mozambique Migration Service building, where a press conference will be held on the case today.

Alberto Lário, who was born in Mozambique and has lived in the country for several years, achieved the milestone of placing Verónica José among the six best female junior athletes in the world, in a bet that had the support of the Portuguese Association (AP) of Mozambique.

The world championship in Cali, Colombia, scheduled for August, will be the runner’s first major international competition in the 1,500 meters, who beat the time of 4.29 minutes in Braga, and has been improving her performance.