Pretoria - Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Dove Wome has revealed that his countryman and prolific striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been advising him on how to hit the back of the net.
Wome, the Togolese international Sundowns signed from Free State Stars this season, seems to have taken heed of the advice as he has been finding the back of the net regularly for his new team.
“Adebayor used to call and encourage me. He taught me a lot of things. But I think I am becoming a better player now,” he said.
“He always tells me that I am a good player but I have to work on my finishing. He says a lot of attacking midfielders have to score. He gives me encouragement to be the best scorer in the league. He says I have to get into the box like a striker.
“I must not be afraid to get into the box and try my luck. I think listening to him has worked,” said Wome, who has scored three goals so far this season.
Wome is one of the many signings that Pitso Mosimane made this season in a quest to end the trophy drought at Chloorkop.
Wome is adamant he and his teammates will reach some milestone this season.
Sundowns are second on the Absa Premiership log with 11 points, the same number as rivals and log leaders SuperSport United.
“We have started well. We are where we are supposed to be. We are second on the log and if we continue to do well we will win something. We are unbeaten.
“We have to work harder than before to maintain our position. We have agreed as a team that we have to win the league and one cup this season. We are in the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout. We have to win it and focus on the league,” said Wome.
However, winning the Telkom Knockout will not be a walk in the park for Sundowns as they have a big giant - Platinum Stars on their way.
The Brazilians face Stars in the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on Saturday evening.
Wome says Sundowns have to come out tops.
“We have to win. Stars are doing well. They have won the MTN8. They have a lot of confidence to play against us. We played them in the league and we drew. If we get chances and take them like we did against Bloemfontein Celtic, I think the game is going to be easier. If we don’t score early it is going to be tough. We have to take chances early and make the game easy,” said the 22-year-old from Fiokop in Togo.
“Sundowns always struggle against Stars, but we have to change this. We have to work in every position. We have to work very hard everywhere, even the guys on the bench. We have a lot of players.
“Even our bench is strong like the players that are playing. I have to work hard. There’s big competition at Sundowns but we still work as a team. We complement each other.”
Adebayor, the Tottenham Hotspur star, is not the only one pushing Wome to do well.
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaigner says a lot of people in his country follow Sundowns and monitor his performances.
“People back home started to watch Sundowns games this season. After every game they call me. They tell me if I did well or didn’t do well. They encourage me. I have a lot of coaches outside the field in my country, but I am happy,” said Wome.