By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Amido Batis-Candé last night scored his first goal on UK soil, but whilst the occasion may not have been the most auspicious it marked the completion of a remarkable few weeks for the youngster.
19 year old Amido arrived in the UK in March, as part of Full Contact’s Guinea-Bissau collaborative project Vida FC. A youngster schooled in the elite Portuguese clubs Sporting Lisbon and then Benfica, whose team-mates have included the likes of Joao Carlos Teixeira and Eusebio Bancessi (now at Liverpool and Wolves respectively) and fellow Full Contact client and rising superstar Carlos Mané, Amido’s career had become the victim of circumstances beyond his control which had seen him without a club, and not having played any competitive football for some time. With the hard work and faith of the Full Contact and Vida FC teams, the decision was taken to bring Amido to the UK where he was accepted in by the hospitable Conference Premier club Tamworth.
After one brief substitute appearance in the league, Amido made his first start for the Lambs last night in their Birmingham Senior Cup semi-final against Hednesford Town. A livery appearance, which included an assist in a 5-2 win and a goal for fellow client Jessy Reindorf, was capped off by his own late goal – just reward for his performance over the 90 minutes. Tamworth now progress to the Senior Cup final on April 29th, where they will be pitted against Premier League opposition in West Bromwich Albion.
Dan Chapman, senior partner of Full Contact, said “There is a long story behind Amido’s career to date and arrival in the UK, a story that we hope will unfold and be told in the future as Amido makes a career for himself. A lot of people have worked very hard to even get us to this point – including some of the great colleagues who are working with us in our Guinea-Bissau Vida FC project and also those at Tamworth – and there were quite a few smiles last night as Amido contributed to that win and scored a goal. Football is not all about glamour, money and immediate success, and of course there is an awful lot of work ahead for Amido if he is to have a professional career here in the UK; but coming from where we were with this young player, this was a great step forwards. We look forward to the story unfolding.”
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