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Tuesday, 01 December 2009 16:19

Semedo enjoying Cyprus adventure

Portuguese topping charts

Jose Semedo says he is pleased with the way he has adapted to life in Cypriot football, having become the league’s top goalscorer with APOP Kinyras Peyias.

The 29-year-old currently leads the First Division scoring charts with eight goals from 11 matches, with APOP sitting in fifth place in the table following a 3-2 win at APEP at the weekend. The victory, in which Semedo scored the third goal, was APOP’s third successive triumph in the league, as the team look to improve on a 6th place finish last season.

“The adventure in Cyprus is going very well,” Semedo told Record. “I’ve done well and everything has happened naturally. We have started the championship well. We have already won seven matches and are only four points behind (leaders) Omonia. We have a very solid team that does not turn away from a fight. My personal aim is to play regularly and score as many goals as I can. I’m very happy with APOP.”

Born in Lisbon, Semedo spent six years with Odivelas before spending the first half of the 2008/09 campaign with Rio Ave, where he scored twice in fourteen appearances. The pacey striker opted to try his luck abroad during the January window, joining compatriots Edgar Marcelino and Carlos Marques at the Peyia Municipal Stadium at the start of 2009.

By Sean Gillen

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