Edmilson Dove to make it special at Kaizer Chiefs

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Dove has joined Chiefs from UD Songo on a two-year deal with an option of a third on a contract that improves his earnings compared to what he was earning at Cape Town City.

The 28-year-old will bring balance by playing either as a left-footed central defender or left-back.

"He took a gamble in leaving Cape Town City and going back to Mozambique to then come back for the COSAFA Cup which he used as a platform to remind local teams of his abilities," retired Mozambican defender Antonio ‘Paulito’ Trigo tells KickOff.

"Now he has signed for a bigger team on a better contract.

"Dove is someone that will add something special because he is a natural left-footer and very strong at the back.

"This is a guy who has the experience of playing in the PSL with over 100 games and confidence so I think he will make it special and show that let him go at Cape Town City his true value.

"At Cape Town City they didn’t want to give him what he felt he deserved, and I’m surprised they let someone like him leave.

"Sometimes I don’t understand the mindset of South African clubs undermining players from neighbouring countries in favour of players from far.

"He is the type of player that can compete physically and is technically good as well.

“This is a good signing for Chiefs because if they want to win the league, they need to have a strong back four.

"The good thing is that the boy is motivated as was evident at the COSAFA where he showed that Cape Town City made a mistake in letting him go.

"It is a big thing for a Mozambican to be at Chiefs especially now that we also have Reinildo Mandava playing regularly for Atletico Madrid in Spain which is an even higher level.

"All he needs at Chiefs is the luck of playing when the team is winning because this team has not been consistent," says Trigo who played for Manning Rangers and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Dove is only the second ever Mozambican to play for Kaizer Chiefs in the PSL era years after Jose ‘Jossias’ Macamo.

Macamo – a left-footed forward – was signed by Chiefs at the start of the 2001/02 season from Costa do Sol then spent two years before leaving for Dynamos.