Macamo’s magic

Jossias Macamo has certainly left a lasting impression in his first couple of matches as a Glamour Boy. He has scored in almost all the five matches that he has featured in and yet he is not a striker.

Andre Alberto Jossias Macamo comes across as a shy and soft-spoken guy.

A very thoughtful young man, who always takes time before making a statement, sometimes repeating himself and using gestures to illustrate his point, but on the field he portrays the direct opposite – a no-nonsense shrewd attacking midfielder who will not hesitate to punish the opposition for being erratic.

He attacks with predatory instincts and can also drift back to help in defensive duties.

The jersey number 23 has been synonymous with Siyabonga Nomvete for a couple of seasons and when he left for Italy, the question was who will don the famous number.

When the new Amakhosi players were handed out their jerseys, Macamo got the number synonymous with Nomvete – now plying his trade in the Italian Serie A with Udinese. Macamo had no objections as he proudly tried the shirt on and he was well aware of the previous owner’s reputation in that number.

“My favourite number is seven,” he says. “I feel too relaxed in that number. But hey, that’s just a number. The most important thing for me is to stay focused on the field and deliver the goods.”

Perhaps the Amakhosi team manager saw something in the player as he handed him the number 23 jersey. Like Bhele, Macamo looks very shy and humble but not on the field.

“But I think playing in a jersey associated with Nomvete comes with its challenges,” he stresses.

“I have no doubt that every time the Chiefs supporters see me in that jersey they would always be reminded of Nomvete. He is a great player and now the major challenge is that Nomvete has been scoring goals and the same will be expected from me.”

The soft-spoken Macamo does not seem to worry much about that. “I have played in a team of soldiers at the beginning of my career,” he says. “And that helped a lot in building my character. Each time I play I forget about everything else and focus on my game.”

Macamo made his Kaizer Chiefs debut in the Vodacom Challenge and has already scored five goals. One of the crucial goals he scored on his league debut against Wits FC to give Amakhosi a 1-0 win.

He went on to score another important goal in the BP Top Eight quarterfinal against Ria Stars as Chiefs won the match 2-0 with Luke Petros scoring the second.

Read more in the latest edition on Amakhosi.