PETALING JAYA: Terengganu’s Mauritanian international Dominique Da Sylva is loving life in the east coast state.
The burly 30-year-old striker has played in countries like Cyprus, Vietnam, Egypt, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, but insisted that the experience in Malaysia has been one-of-a-kind – even though he has only been here for five months.
The warm people in Kuala Terengganu and the fervent support shown during the Turtles’ Super League matches at the Sultan Mizan Stadium in Gong Badak have struck a chord with the former Zamalek player.
Da Sylva has so far scored four goals, all against Kedah in their 4-3 Super League win at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar on March 7.
Even though he did not score in his other two matches against Perak (1-3 loss) and Selangor (3-3 draw), the player who last played for Saigon in the Vietnamese League is confident of scoring regularly, given the support of the passionate home fans.
“Compared to my other clubs, the support that I get here is outstanding. I am still a newbie in the Super League, but they have accepted me for who I am, ” said Da Sylva.
“That love and support shown by them are enough for me to give more than 100 per cent in every match. Their constant support makes me even more focused and spirited to help the team win. My aim right now is not to disappoint these fans.”
There is one disappointment, though.
Da Sylva, is of course, put off by the Covid-19 outbreak as it has disrupted the country’s football league but he hopes to hit the ground running when it resumes.
Expectations are high as he was signed to replace the team’s former hitman Kipre Tchetche, who moved to Kedah for the new season.
The four-goal heroics against Kedah has got many people talking, and he believes that if he can continue that momentum, the Golden Boot is not far from his reach.
He currently tops the league’s goalscoring charts while Perak’s Shahrel Fikri, Kedah’s Kpah Sherman, Pahang’s Ivan Carlos and Selangor’s Ifedayo Olusegun have three goals each.
After three matches, Terengganu are ninth in the league.
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