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By Sibongiseni Gumbi

Football Writer

Dove puts full focus on Chiefs, aims for full points against ex-club

'I have been eager to get back so when my chance came I wanted to play well and contribute to the team, and I am happy I did,' said Dove.

Edmilson Dove has shifted his focus entirely to his life at Kaizer Chiefs, with little attention left for his former club, Cape Town City. 

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The Citizens have experienced a slower start to the season than expected, accumulating just 10 points from their first eight games.

Eric Tinkler’s  side has managed only one victory in their last five matches, and that lone win came against lowly Cape Town Spurs over the weekend.

Looking ahead to thei game against City on Tuesday, Dove expressed his eagerness to maintain their current momentum and secure three crucial points. 

He emphasised his primary commitment to Chiefs, stating, “I don’t want to speak much about how they are doing right now because my main focus is Kaizer Chiefs.

“Come Tuesday, we are going to do the best we can and be able to walk away with the three points. We are playing at home in front of our brilliant fans so we must impose ourselves on them.”

Dove believes that playing in front of their passionate fans at FNB Stadium will give them the advantage they need to dominate the match. The anticipation is high as Chiefs host City in Tuesday’s showdown.

Dove made his first appearance of the season in Chiefs’ recent 2-1 victory over Sekhukhune United, where he not only played a pivotal role but also netted the winning goal, earning himself the Man-of-the-Match accolade.

Dove grateful for inspirational Chiefs teammates

Reflecting on his return to the pitch, Dove expressed his eagerness to contribute positively to the Chiefs team, acknowledging that there is always room for improvement. 

He credited his teammates for their support and motivation, particularly during moments when he felt fatigued due to his lack of match fitness.

“It was amazing to come back into the team and contribute with a goal and a good performance. 

“I have been eager to get back so when my chance came I wanted to play well and contribute to the team, and I am happy I did. 

“Obviously, there are areas where I can improve. It wasn’t a 100 percent perfect game, but we learn every day. 

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“I should also give credit to my teammates because, at certain times in the match I felt a bit tired, this being my first game and lacking match fitness. But the guys kept pushing me and motivating me to keep going.”

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