"Clube Desportivo de Mafra - Futebol, SAD informs that it has secured the signing of Mário Balbúrdia, a 26-year-old central midfielder. Last season, the player represented Estrela da Amadora, where he played 27 games. Before, Balbúrdia had represented the 1.º de Agosto, from Angola", can be read in a statement on the official website of the Mafra team.
Mário Balbúrdia, who has capped 12 caps for the Angolan national team, reached an agreement with Estrela da Amadora for the termination of his contract, signing with the Mafra club at zero cost, showing himself to be "very happy" to be able to play for the club of the II Turns on.
"I am very happy to have the opportunity to wear Mafra's colors. I have always followed the club, as I have friends who have already been here and I know it is a good club for me, so I cannot hide my happiness to be here" , said the footballer.
Regarding the objectives, Balbúrdia expressed: "Each and every player, when he embraces a project, embraces it in the sense of not only achieving the club's objectives, but also to give his best on the field. I will not be an exception. I came to Mafra to give my all, help the team achieve what it wants and dignify this jersey with body and soul."
It is the 17th signing of Silas' team, after goalkeepers André Paulo and Elías Ólafsson, defenders Pontus Texel, Victor Bak Jensen and Mads Lauritsen, midfielders Gustav Fraulo, Jamiu Musbaudeen, Valdemar Byskov, Andreas Hansen and Pedro Bravo , and forwards Jonathan Lind, Mésaque Djú, Juan Moreno, Friday Etim, Madi Queta and Rodrigo Matos.
Mafra occupies 10th place in the II Portuguese Football League, with four points, and will host FC Porto B, sixth placed, with five points, on Saturday, starting at 11 am, at the Estádio Municipal de Mafra, in a match of the fourth day of the competition.