Portuguese Manuel Fernandes was named coach of former Angolan champions Atletico Sport Aviacao Monday, reports said.

He signed a three-year contract as successor to compatriot Bernardinho Pedroto, who guided the national airline club to three consecutive league titles from 2003 and also won the FA Cup once and the Super Cup three times.

Former Sporting Lisbon player Fernandes must revive a team that slipped last season, finishing in fifth position 20 points behind runaway champions Primeiro Agosto.

Pedroto, whose resignation was triggered by an Aviacao cash crisis, has moved across the Angolan capital to oil company side Petro Atletico, where he will act as technical director.

Veteran Brazilian coach Djalma Cavalcante remains in charge of Petro, who finished runners-up to Primeiro and will also compete in the 2007 African Champions League as Angola are among 12 countries permitted two entrants.

Carlos Mozer, a defender for Brazil at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, has signed a two-year contract with police team InterClube, replacing Romeu Silva from Portugal.