Luis Boa Morte to depart Fulham for Guinea-Bissau head coach role


Fulham first-team coach Luis Boa Morte will leave the club at the end of the season to take charge of Guinea-Bissau.

Boa Morte, who spent six and a half years at Fulham as a player, returned to the club in the summer of 2021 following the appointment of head coach Marco Silva.

Guinea-Bissau announced in February they would not be renewing manager Baciro Cande’s contract following their group-stage exit at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Cande had been in the role for 17 years across two separate spells.

Boa Morte was part of the Fulham backroom staff as the club won promotion to the Premier League during Silva’s debut season in charge, before finishing 10th in the top flight the following season.

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The 46-year-old represented Fulham between 2000 and 2007 and scored 54 times in 250 appearances. He was capped 28 times at international level by Portugal and also represented Arsenal, Southampton, West Ham United and Orlando Pirates in a professional playing career spanning 17 years.

Following his retirement in 2013, Boa Morte has held coaching roles at Fulham’s academy, Portimonense and Maccabi Haifa, with his only previous senior head coach position coming with Portuguese side Sintrense.

Boa Morte returned to English football in 2019 to become assistant manager to Silva at Everton. The pair have known each other since playing for Cova da Piedade in their native Portugal as teenagers.

A Fulham statement read: “Everyone at Fulham would like to thank Boa for his efforts since his return to the club, and wishes him the best of luck in this next chapter when he departs following our season finale away to Luton Town.”

Guinea-Bissau finished bottom of Group A at AFCON after losing all three games.

They have never qualified for the World Cup, while a group stage exit remains their best finish at AFCON.

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