Armando Costa, also know as Rilhas, was born in Bombarral, Portugal, on July 20, 1949. He started his soccer career with his local club Bombarralense.

Armando emigrated to Canada in 1968 and joined the First Portuguese Cultural Club’s soccer team in Toronto. First Portuguese won the 1969 National Soccer League championship.

Armando was rated as one of the best players to have played in the National Soccer League. In 1979 he was instrumental in leading First Portuguese to the National Soccer League championship title. He retired from soccer after the 1984 season.

He spent the winter of 1979-1980 playing in the Major Indoor Soccer League with Buffalo Stallions. In nine games he scored one goal and had two assists.

After his retirement from his playing career Armando became a soccer coach. He coached First Portuguese in the 1990 National Soccer League season.

Armando passed away on December 7, 2012, in Canada.