Ħamrun Spartans striker Jorge Ailton Soares, aka Dodo, has been named in Cape Verde’s squad for the first time ever ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches this month.
The African side are due to face Cameroon at home on March 26 before heading to face Mozambique four days later.
Dodo has been one of the outstanding performers for Ħamrun Spartans this season as in 21 appearances he netted 13 goals – the highest he ever managed in the Premier League – that put him joined third in the scorers’ list, four adrift of Kevin Ante Rosero, of Sta Lucia.
However, Dodo’s biggest contribution this season came in terms of assists as he is the player with the highest amount of assist when managing 22 to help his team storm to the top of the Premier League standings and are in sight of their first-ever league title after an absence of 30 years.
“This is a very proud moment for me,” Dodo told The Times of Malta.
“During the last ten years I worked so hard to reach this objective and I’m so happy to have finally attained this call-up in my first year as a full professional.
“I would like to thank my family and friends for their support but most of all I’m grateful to my coach, team-mates and the club president who have always believed in my ability.”