Leandra Smeda: Banyana star hungry for fulfillment with Famalicao
Following her spectacular debut in Portugal, the South Africa worldwide is poised to encourage her facet to home glory.
Leandra Smeda is hungry for fulfillment with Famalicao after her profitable debut in Portuguese soccer in opposition to Gil Vicente.
The South Africa worldwide joined the top-flight newcomers on a one-year deal as a free agent in November since after breaking ties with Swedish Damallsvenskan outfit, Vittsjo.
The Banyana star went on to make her debut as a 61st-minute substitute in Famalicao’s 3-1 win over Vicente on January 3.
Following her profitable begin in Portugal, the 31-year-old winger has opened up on the thrilling alternative to proceed her skilled profession in Europe.
“The transfer means rather a lot to me. Beforehand I performed in Sweden and I had the choice to resume my contract however the provide was not what I wished,” Smeda informed Aim.
“So I waited for one thing else [new offer] to return up through the summer time after which this transfer occurred. I’m pleased and grateful for this chance.
“I feel the provide got here out of the blue. My agent reached out to me on a fateful day that the group is and requested if I used to be . I mentioned sure.
“I’ve by no means performed in Portugal clearly, so, it is a new problem for me. And Jermaine [Seoposenwe] can be right here [in Portugal].
“No less than, there will likely be somebody I do know right here. So I embraced the problem. Hopefully, I may also help the group end as excessive as attainable and preserve their standing of their first season.”
Unbeaten Famalicao completed their first-round on high of the northern zone in her maiden top-flight season with 27 factors to ensure a spot within the second part.
And Smeda has defined how she is adapting to life on-and-off the sphere within the southern European nation, whereas sharing her goals to excel with Famalicao.
“I noticed that group additionally had begin and presently unbeaten this season. Clearly, they’ll wish to preserve their good kind,” she continued.
“My time at Gintra was good for me. I feel it is the identical state of affairs right here as there will not be loads of English talking individuals on the group.
“That have has actually helped me to adapt to the state of affairs. In Sweden, the league there was fairly totally different from, that of Lithuanian because it’s fairly aggressive and bodily.
“That have can be serving to me adapt to the fashion of the coach in Portugal. Since I arrived right here final November, I have been coaching with the group.
“I’m integrating into the group very effectively and fairly desperate to get some sport time within the second spherical of the season.
“Hopefully, I can do effectively and convey the experiences from Lithuania and Sweden to bear in serving to the group succeed this season.
“Within the Cup sport, they misplaced 2-1 to SL Benfica. It confirmed that may compete with the highest groups.
“There are some things might want to work on however I feel the group has what it takes to problem for silverware this season.
“If not this season, then the subsequent one. It is a younger group. They’re hungry for fulfillment and want to be among the many high three groups.”
In 2018, Smeda began her skilled profession with Lithuanian giants Gintra Universitetas, the place she turned the primary South Africa to play within the Uefa Girls’s Champions League.
She moved to Sweden in 2019, becoming a member of Vittsjo, the place she helped the membership to a first-ever medal win, ending third within the Damalsvenskan.
Smeda and Famalicao will now proceed their quest for the league crown in opposition to southern zone winners Sporting CP on Saturday night.
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