The Sliema Aquatics Sports club are in mourning after on Sunday it was announced that former waterpolo club coach Beto Fernandez suddenly passed away.
Fernandez stepped down from his post as coach of Sliema ASC in April due to personal reasons and the club had announced that Fernandez was due to return to his country Spain for an extended period of leave.
“It is with great sadness that the Club has to announce the passing away of our beloved Beto Fernandez. The qualities of the man and the coach need no introduction. Beto was one of a kind. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, who we ask you to respect in such a difficult time,” Sliema ASC said in a statement on Sunday.
“Rest in Peace Coach”.
The Blues had since appointed coach Dejan Savic as his replacement and the Serbian is currently leading the side in the BOV National League this summer.
Fernandez was appointed as Sliema ASC coach in August 2021 when he replaced Serio Afric.
During his time at the club, Fernandez, who had been assisted by Zoran Maslovar, helped the team to win the Enemed Cup and the Winter League before finishing in the runners-up spot in the BOV National League last summer.
Prior to his arrival at Sliema ASC, Beto Fernandez had an 11-year stint as Head Coach of CN Mataro, in the Spanish top-flight.
Under his guidance, the Catalan side had finished consistently in the top positions and also qualified for the LEN Trophy for the first time in their club history, as well as reaching the Copa del Rey Final.
The Aquatic Sports Association of Malta issued a statement to pay tribute to Fernandez.
“The President and Executive Committee are saddened by the news of Beto Fernandez’s demise and would like to send sincere condolences to his family and friends. Beto was greatly respected for his commitment to Water Polo. May he rest in peace,” the ASA said in a statement.
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