HENRIQUE LEAVES BRISBANE ROAR IN MIDST OF FINANCIAL ISSUES
Brisbane Roar has had a lot of financial challenges for a while now, and a consortium is ready to buy the club.
The club’s cult hero Henrique has also decided to leave to join Malaysian Premier League side Negeri Sembilan. The Brazilian striker with 136 caps at the club was a regular in the three championship-winning sides with the Roar.
Henrique is the club’s second all time goal scorer with 39 goals including the winning goal against the Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2014 A-League grand final. He was grabbed a very important goal in extra-time in the 2011 grand final win over Central Coast.
As the move was announced, he said: “I just want to thank all the people at the club. The coaches, the players, staff and the fans for everything. We have done it together. It was a pleasure being part of the Brisbane Roar family.
“It’s one chapter on my life finishing and I will start another one. But one thing is for sure, I will never forget the memories we have created,” he added.
Roar’s Football Director Craig Moore on behalf of the club wished the player the best in his new adventure after thanking him for all his exploits at the club. He added that despite the situation at the club, they tried to retain him but he was keen on the move to get another challenge.
The sale of the club is subject to due diligence after the owner of energy comparison website Electricity Watch and former Adelaide United sponsor Clean Energy Enterprises submitted their bid to take over from the Bakries. On the other hand while that is ongoing, Bakrie’s family head has agreed to provide $2 million for the club to begin with plans for the coming season. The fund will be used to settle player and staff wages and avoid insolvency which would have meant a breach of the A-League licence, making the FFA take over.