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Chiefs-linked defender in SA for medical, claims teammate

Former Cape Town City defender Edmilson Dove looks set to complete his return to South Africa’s top-flight football from Mozambican giants UD Songo, with a dream switch to Kaizer Chiefs imminent.

UD Songo skipper John Banda confirmed that the defender had returned to Mzansi for a potential transfer but fell short of being specific with the actual potential suitor.

“Yes, he has travelled to South Africa. I hear he is doing a medical and not trials. He is a good player. He did not indicate [the team], but he just said he is going to South Africa. It is good for him to return,” Banda tells FARPost.

Dove returned home to Mozambique to sign for UD Songo in February 2022 season in a bid to recapture his form, which had dipped due to niggling injuries.

City coach Eric Tinkler had made it clear to the Mozambican international that he was not guaranteed regular football due to stiff competition, which he was expecting.

Dove has been training with the Naturena-based side for a couple of days as they look to fill that left-back position.

The wing-back is said to have impressed coach Arthur Zwane while representing Mozambique’s Mambas at the 2022 Cosafa Cup held in Durban last month.

Before the Cosafa Cup last month, Dove said injuries contributed to his exit from City, but he had kept his options open. He did not rule out a return to South Africa.

“After my injury, a lot of things did not go the way I wanted them to go, but I cannot dwell on that…doors will open, and I am willing to take the next step when that happens,” he said.

The 27-year-old said he was helping the new generation of Mozambican players appreciate the importance of playing in international competitions such as Cosafa.

Dove joined City in 2017 from Clube Ferroviário de Maputo and made 102 competitive appearances while scoring five goals and registering two assists for the Citizens.

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