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The Brazilian known as “Soares” was one of the key players of Lalenok United FC in winning the treble winner in 2019 is back to Lalenok United FC after spending a season in Brazil. He arrived in dili on December 14th and spent 14 days in quarantine, and fortunately today December 29th at 17.00 he set foot at Lalenok United headquarters in Fatuhada Dili to start training with the team.
Soares started playing for Lalenok United in 2018, while the club was still in the second division, took the club to the first division in the following year and at the same time conquered its first 3 champion titles , Liga Futebol Amadora (LFA), 12 November Cup and 2019 Super Cup. At the end of the 2019 season, his contract at the club ended and he returned to his homeland, Brazil.
The player with jersey number 28, with a lot of emotion, said that he is very happy to return home:
“I am very happy to be returning to Timor-Leste, and to the club Lalenok United FC, the club in which I received very well in 2017, I was fortunate to reach the first division of Timor-Leste and to be champion of the Timorese league. In this new project that the club is forming, I hope I can help the club in some way, mainly with goals and titles, my goal in 2021 is to have a great competition at AFC Clube, where we will face high level clubs, but we also know our quality and we have the ability to play equally with any one of them, I hope I can also make a great Timorese league and win this beloved cup again. I thank God first, and to the club Lalenok United for giving me a new opportunity, I would also like to thank all the Lalenok supporters for asking for my return, I hope to be able to contribute on the pitch, since now I am very grateful to everyone”
With the return of Italo Soares, the president of Lalenok United said that the team is stronger to face the next season including the AFC CUP 2021 games that Lalenok United will play.