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Qormi dancing to Brazilian beat

Published: Tuesday 6 October 2009, 11.44CET
Qormi FC have defied pre-season expectations in Malta by jointly leading the Premier League after four matches alongside Valletta FC thanks, largely, to Brazilian striker Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Malta
Qormi dancing to Brazilian beat
Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo has scored successive hat-tricks ©Domenic Aquilina
Published: Tuesday 6 October 2009, 11.44CET

Qormi dancing to Brazilian beat

Qormi FC have defied pre-season expectations in Malta by jointly leading the Premier League after four matches alongside Valletta FC thanks, largely, to Brazilian striker Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo.

Qormi FC have defied pre-season expectations in Malta by jointly leading the Premier League after four matches alongside big-spending Valletta FC.

Second hat-trick
The club, which finished just above the relegation play-off spots last term, followed up an opening-draw against Floriana FC with three successive victories, the latest of which, a 3-1 defeat of champions Hibernians FC, was certainly the most eye-catching. Having fallen a goal behind, Qormi recovered to inflict the titleholders' first loss of the campaign thanks to a second successive hat-trick from Brazilian striker Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo.

Collective effort
"I am very happy that Qormi are top of the table," Camilo, who also scored three a week earlier against Msida St Joseph FC, told uefa.com. "I immediately noticed a very good bond in the Qormi squad when I arrived at the beginning of the season, and I immediately felt at home in my new surroundings. I would also like to thank my team-mates for helping me score the goals I have so far. This is a collective effort from all the team and without them I could not have scored seven goals already."

South American influence
Valletta's 100 per cent start to the season was ended in drawing 0-0 with Msida on Saturday, while Birkirkara FC are third, one point behind, after winning their last three matches. Tarxien Rainbows FC have also proven to be something of a surprise package in the formative stages of the season, sitting fourth thanks, in part, to their trio of Brazilians – Anderson Mendes Ribeiro, Everton Antonio Pereira and Denni Rocha Dos Santos – who all scored in the 3-1 victory against Sliema Wanderers FC on Saturday.

No wins
Sliema, cup winners last term, are languishing in seventh in the ten-team table despite also investing heavily during the summer. The reverse at Tarxien leaves the Blues with just three points from four matches, ahead of three clubs – Msida, Hamrun Spartans FC and Dingli Swallows FC – still searching for their first victory of the campaign.

Last updated: 06/10/09 12.34CET

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