Football is not just about opportunity – it’s the ability to recognise the potential of the opportunity and then making the most of it. So, with Cape Town City blessed with two top-quality left backs – Ebrahim Seedat and Edmilson Dove – opportunity becomes that much more critical.
City are back in action on Sunday afternoon when they are in the Free State to face Bloemfontein Celtic in a PSL fixture at the Dr Molemela Stadium (kick-off 3.30pm) – and, if the second-placed Capetonians want to stay in touch with log-leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, then this is a fixture they cannot afford to lose.
The competition between Seedat and Edmilson for the left back slot has been an intriguing contest. Neither has let the side down.
Head coach Benni McCarthy has the luxury of knowing that, it doesn’t matter who he picks of the two, he is guaranteed a good performance.
Earlier on in the season, Seedat was the man in charge of the jersey. He turned in some good displays, with Edmilson offering support from the bench.
But, with Seedat taking some time off to support his wife giving birth, Edmilson was drafted into the starting side again. And he hasn’t looked back – the 23-year-old Mozambican has been one of the more impressive performers for City in recent weeks.
“I feel very good to be playing regularly again,” said Edmilson.
“I am feeling more fit which helps me to get forward a lot more to help in attack too. There is a healthy competition for left back between myself and Seedat, so he pushes me to keep doing well.”
In Celtic, City are up against a difficult opponent, especially at their home ground. The Bloemfontein side has had an erratic time of it, but are nevertheless in a comfortable ninth position on the PSL standings.
“It’s always difficult to travel to Celtic because they have good home support and they know how to use their home advantage,” said the classy Mozambican left back. “They have been doing well in the league and they beat us in the first round.
“We know that we can expect a tough encounter, but we are all up for it. We managed to get some points away from home this season, and I am looking forward to this challenge.”
City are, of course, still on a high after defeating arch-rivals and neighbours Ajax Cape Town in the Cape derby last week. It was the fourth time the Citizens have emerged victorious in the derby since the formation of the club.
Edmilson was happy to have played his part in last week’s triumph, but admitted it was time to look forward; the derby success is over, now the focus was on the three points against Celtic.
“It was a very good occasion for all of us to play in another derby,” he said. “We really enjoyed ourselves in the match, especially to get the three points and another clean sheet.
“We had a good team performance to get the win and to keep Cape Town blue. I was happy to do my job in defence and attack for the team.”