It’s been announced today that Portuguese club, Boavista, have signed Maltese international, André Schembri. The 30-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Porto-based club who will be taking part in their third straight campaign in the top-flight Liga NOS in 2016-17.
Commonly referred to as Os Axadrezados (chess – in reference to the black and white checkered shirts), Boavista has a rich history in Portuguese and European football. Past players include the likes of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Ion Timofte, Nuno Gomes, Pedro Emanuel, Jose Bosingwa and Erwin Sanchez. The latter is now coach of the club, having taken over from Petit halfway through last season.
Schembri arrives in Portugal having spent the previous campaign in Cyprus with Omonia Nicosia. The club finished in 4th position in the Cypriot, A Kategoria, missing out on a Europa League place by a solitary point. Schembri, with 72 caps for Malta to his name, racked up an impressive 17 goals in 39 games in all competitions. And with Boavista lacking a goalscorer since being promoted two divisions back to the Liga NOS in 2014, the club’s fans will be hoping the man from Malta can make all the difference.