PORTUGUESE COMPETITION: Malaysian helps Beira Mar clinch trophy in penalty shootout
IT was only a low-key pre-season game but Nazmi Faiz Mansor picked up his first piece of silverware since joining Beira Mar this month after a penalty shootout victory over Oliveirense for the Fornos de Algodres Trophy in the town of the same name in Portugal on Wednesday.
Portuguese Primeira Liga side Beira Mar triumphed 4-3 in the shootout over Second Division Oliveirense after 90 minutes of play ended 0-0.
Nazmi appeared as a first-half substitute in only his third appearance for the club for who he will sign professional terms on Aug 16 when he turns 18 in accordance with Fifa regulations.
The midfielder made his debut as a second-half substitute last week in Beira Mar's 1-1 draw against another Second Division side Club Deportivo de Tondela before again coming off the bench in a 3-1 defeat to Benfica 'B'.
Although the 'trophy' was nothing more than a framed certificate, the game was important for Nazmi's integration into the team.
Beira Mar coach Ulisses Morais used almost all the players available to him in the match with the exception of goalkeeper Rui Rigo, who continues his recovery from injury, and is unconcerned that his side have yet to win a full game in four pre-season outings.
"When it comes to preparation, it is because we are preparing for something. We are doing a set of tests to find what you are to have a deep understanding of the squad," he said in an earlier interview on the club's website.
"This is the time to do that and look less at the result. Ideally we prefer to win but often the victories mask our weaknesses. We are in a growth phase, an evolutionary phase. If we look only to the result, we would overlook what is important."
The club's website reported that Beira Mar could have won the game in normal time but for a penalty miss by Javier Balboa in the final minutes.
Andre Sousa also struck the post just after half-time as Beira Mar worked more on their defensive formation and ball movement.
Nazmi will get several more chances to impress Morais as six more friendly matches have been lined up with Beira Mar's next game against fellow top-flight club Academica tomorrow.