Ed­mil­son, an in­spired cap­ture for Cit­i­zens

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Ed­mil­son DOVE has had a sen­sa­tional start to his Cape Town City ca­reer and, in just four games, he’s taken the Absa Pre­mier­ship by storm.

On Fri­day, City are back in ac­tion when they host PSL and African cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs at the Athlone Sta­dium – and Mozam­bi­can left­back Ed­mil­son,

pic­tured, can’t wait to test his abil­ity against the best club on the con­ti­nent.

Signed by City on Jan­uary 27, Ed­mil­son made his de­but just two weeks later with a com­pe­tent out­ing in a 3-0 win over High­lands Park.

He fol­lowed that up with a solid per­for­mance in a 2-0 vic­tory against neigh­bours Ajax Cape Town, an im­pres­sive dis­play in a 2-2 draw with Or­lando Pi­rates, and cul­mi­nat­ing in a man-of-the-match award in the week­end’s 3-0 suc­cess over Baroka FC in Polowane.

While de­fen­sively re­li­able, and in­tel­li­gent, it was the Mozam­bi­can left-footer’s at­tack­ing qual­i­ties that were par­tic­u­larly eye-catch­ing against Baroka.

On one such oc­ca­sion, he made a dart­ing run down the left, cut in­side his marker, and whipped in the cross with his weaker right foot, where Sibu­siso Masina was at hand to power in the header. In just a short space of time, Ed­mil­son has loudly trum­peted his ar­rival as a foot­baller to watch. City boss John Comi­tis ex­plained how they brought the 22-year-old to the club and also em­pha­sised that, even though, the trans­fer win­dow was still some months off, they are con­stantly work­ing at iden­ti­fy­ing play­ers to strengthen the squad. “When Aus­tralian Matt Sim left, we had made the de­ci­sion to move left-back Thato Mokeke into midfield,” said Comi­tis. “That meant we were in the mar­ket for a left-back as we only had Ebrahim See­dat. “We al­ways like to have a com­pet­i­tive sce­nario in which we have two good play­ers fight­ing for a po­si­tion. “We looked at the pro­pos­als we got from var­i­ous agents around the world. “Ed­mil­son was among them and we honed in on him. We did our homework, we watched video footage of the player in ac­tion and we also watched him play in a friendly against Bafana. We then in­vited him for a brief trial, we liked what we saw and we signed him.”

And the left-back has proven to be an in­spired cap­ture for the Capeto­ni­ans. Fri­day, though, is Ed­mil­son’s big chal­lenge – and he is fully aware of how dif­fi­cult an en­counter City can ex­pect when com­ing up against an in-form Sun­downs side.

“I think it will be a dif­fi­cult game, maybe more than the oth­ers so far,” said Ed­mil­son.

“But I also think that we just have to do what we’ve been do­ing … It is work­ing for us. We just need to abide by the in­for­ma­tion trans­mit­ted by the coach and put it into practice.”

Ed­mil­son said he had been wel­comed into the City fam­ily and it’s one of the main rea­sons he has been able to adapt so well, so quickly.

“I be­lieve that when some­one ar­rives in a new house and is well re­ceived, it is easy to fit in,” he said. “It could not have been bet­ter with me, I feel at home here be­cause my team­mates and coaches al­lowed it to be so … The meth­ods of work here in the PSL are very dif­fer­ent, and in Mozam­bique we do not have the qual­ity of grass that the fields have here.”

Look­ing to the fu­ture, Ed­mil­son wasn’t about to get car­ried away with his good start. In fact, as far as he is con­cerned, there’s still much to do, and a long way to go.

“I am a dreamer and, faced with the di­men­sion of my dreams, I have not done any­thing yet,” he said philo­soph­i­cally. “City are my fam­ily now and I hope to con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to the goals set by the team, and I also hope that we will suc­ceed in this re­gard.”

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