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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 3: Kuwait Football Association appointed Portuguese former capped international Rui Bento as national team head coach. The FA also appointed his compatriot Emilio Peixe as head coach for the U-20s side and a referee committee, headed by Irishman Alan Snoddy. Bento, 50, began his senior playing career in 1991 as a centreback for Portuguese Primeira Liga record title-holders and two-time UEFA Champions League winners Benfica, retiring at Sporting Lisbon in 2004.
He won the Primeira Liga twice with Lisbon clubs Boavista and Sporting in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons respectively, where he played as a defensive midfielder, and the FIFA U-20 World Cup with the Portuguese national team. Bento’s managerial career began in 2009, his most significant sides managed being Boavista and Portugal’s U-17s between 2008 and 2011, along with a brief stint at the Saudi Pro League with Al-Ahli Saudi FC. (KUNA)