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Former Angola coach dies

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Former Angola coach Carlos Alhinho has died
Carlos Alhinho, a former coach of Angola and Cape Verde died after falling into an empty elevator shaft in Angola, Portuguese club Benfica said.

The 59-year-old apparently opened the elevator door at a hotel in Benguela, Angola, and stepped in Saturday but the carriage was not there and he fell from the sixth floor.

He died despite receiving medical attention at the hotel.

Alhinho had been in Benguela for talks about taking the helm at the leading Angolan club side Primeiro de Maio after it recently parted company with coach Rui Teixeira.

Alhinho, who was born in Cape Verde but played for Portugal 15 times, made his international debut against Northern Ireland on March 28, 1973.

He played for Portugal's top three clubs in his professional career, Benfica, Sporting and FC Porto.


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