Chelsea’s Ex Manager Andre Vilas Boas Promises a Comeback After Crashing In Dakar Rally – Should He?
Former Chelsea and Spur’s manager Andre Vilas Boas who recently led Chinese side Shanghai SIPG announced late in 2017 after quitting the Chinese side that he would be competing in the 2018 Dakar Rally. Just like French rocker Johnny Hallyday raced in 2002. Prince Albert of Monaco competed twice and his sister Princess Caroline once. Villas-Boas, who has also managed Porto and Zenit St Petersburg, looks to be upholding a family tradition after his uncle Pedro drove in the event in 1982.
According to the rally website, Villas-Boas was an enthusiastic dirt biker as a teenager in Oporto and competed regularly in the Portuguese off-road championships. Villas-Boas who turned 40 in October 2017 said that he had thought of celebrating his birthday by riding in the 40th Dakar but then changed his mind to wait till 2018 to compete.
Sadly, AVB, as he’s fondly called by football fans has been forced out of the Dakar Rally at the fourth stage after hurting his back on Tuesday in a race which saw his Toyota Hilux airborne off a sand dune, made a hard landing and jolted his back in the incident.
A statement from his team; Toyota Overdrive, confirmed that his medical examinations showed the Portuguese coach has not suffered any broken bones but his team leader thinks it was unfortunate for Andre that was making a positive debut in Dakar. In an Instagram post, AVB himself confirmed he can’t continue this year but says he’d give it another shot. With this horrendous first time experience, do you think he should try again or just avoid another crash? Express your passion in the comment section.