Another side of Bucs’ Boa Morte

2012-01-28 15:33

African connections
Although Boa Morte was born in Portugal, his parents are originally from Sao Tome and Principe, a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa.

“They are from a very poor background,” said the well-travelled striker.

His wife is from Angola and they are blessed with three kids – two boys (one aged 12 and the other turning four next month) and a girl (5).

“My kids keep me occupied and I enjoy spending quality time with my family because I spent a lot of time away with my job.

“I am making arrangements for them to join me in South Africa in two weeks’ time.”

Extended family
“I have many brothers and sisters from my mom and dad’s side. We are seven all together. I also have half-brothers and -sisters; it’s a lot of us!”.

African music
Boa Morte loves rhythmic African music. “I am into African sounds and Zouk is top of my list.”

“Zouk”, which means party or festival, is popular in franco- and lusophone (Portuguese speaking) countries.

Favourite food
Boa Morte has a big appetite for African cuisine and says he likes the food cooked by his wife.

 “I like Moamba, a traditional Angolan dish that my wife cooks,” he says.

Moamba is boiled chicken with palm paste, garlic and palm oil hash or sauce, often served with rice.

Modest lifestyle
Boa Morte says he is not attracted to material things.

“You can enjoy that life when you are single but when you have a family to look after, you must be responsible. He used to drive an Opel Corsa despite being one of the highest paid players at West Ham United during his three-year spell at the club. He refused to reveal what he drives now.

Languages spoken
“I can speak a little bit of French and Spanish. And I learnt a bit of Greek during my five months stay there (at PAE Athlitiki Enosi Larissas in Greece).”

Favourite players
“I liked Patrick Vieira (former France midfielder), Nwankwo Kanu (former Nigeria striker) and of course Benni (McCarthy).”

Vieira and Kanu were Boa Morte’s team-mates at Arsenal between 1997 and 1999. Boa Morte confirmed that McCarthy recommended him to Pirates.

He regards Miguel (Valencia), Paolo Ferreira (Chelsea)and Jorge Andrade (retired) as his best national team-mates.

A midfielder or striker?
“In the last three years all my club coaches used me out wide (on the left) in the 4-3-3 systems. I was in the three in the middle (of the formation).” 

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