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Bernardo Tengarrinha, who is undergoing chemotherapy, is channelling his positive attitude to help fellow players in Portugal.

The 28-year-old footballer who had to quit the game this year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma has agreed to be an ambassador for an initiative to help players with mental health issues.

Portuguese player union SJPF is organizing the campaign after being “confronted with players in despair almost daily,” according to SJPF president Joaquim Evangelista.

“Tengarrinha refuses to be a victim and uses this adversity to support other players in need.”

The initiative gives support to union members thanks to a collaboration agreement with the Portuguese Sport Psychology Society (SPPF).

“Those who need help or those who know colleagues in difficult circumstances should turn to the union for professional help,” Evangelista said.

A former Portugal youth-team player, Tengarrinha played more than 100 games in the Portuguese first division representing clubs including FC Porto, Boavista and Vitoria Setubal. He also played in Bulgaria and Romania.

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