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Kweuke making his mark in Slovakia

Published: Tuesday 18 November 2008, 13.24CET
Cameroonian striker Leonard Kweuke hopes his goals for DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda could one day earn him a move west, saying it is "not so far" from Slovakia to the big leagues in England, France and Spain.
by Rastislav Hribik
from Bratislava
Kweuke making his mark in Slovakia
Leonard Kweuke has scored ten goals this season for Dunajská Streda ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 18 November 2008, 13.24CET

Kweuke making his mark in Slovakia

Cameroonian striker Leonard Kweuke hopes his goals for DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda could one day earn him a move west, saying it is "not so far" from Slovakia to the big leagues in England, France and Spain.

Cameroonian striker Leonard Kweuke hopes his goals for DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda could one day earn him a move west, saying it is "not so far" from Slovakia to the big leagues in England, France and Spain.

Goals flowing
The 21-year-old's first season in Slovakia has been a dream so far, with his ten goals helping a Dunajská Streda side coached by former TSV 1860 München coach Werner Lorant, and led by Iranian club president Khashayar Mohseni, to fifth in the table. Kweuke may be second to SK Slovan Bratislava's 12-goal Pavol Masaryk in the scoring chart, but Dunajská Streda assistant coach Mikuláš Radványi feels his protégé deserves to be top, telling uefa.com: "Some of Masaryk's goals have been penalties. In my opinion, Kweuke is currently the best forward in the Slovakian league."

Powerful striker
For many, Kweuke's performance in a 3-2 win against MŠK Ružomberok on Saturday proved that. Dunajská Streda ended the game with nine men, but Kweuke scored twice to earn his side victory. "His biggest strength is his power," said Radványi of the player signed from Iranian club Steel Azin FC. "He is a huge talent and still only 21. Ružomberok tried to stop him, but didn't know how to. When we saw him for the first time we knew he could be a star for our club, but we had to be patient. He needed to feel that we had faith in him. Kweuke scored only once during the pre-season friendlies, but has scored regularly in the league."

'Certainly closer'
Kweuke himself is happy to be doing so well in Slovakia, but admits his real ambitions lie elsewhere. "Dunajská Streda and Slovakia is a good place for me to play football," he said. "This country is part of the European Union, so it is not so far from here to England, Spain or France. It's certainly closer than it is from Cameroon or Iran." The striker, one of five Cameroonians at Dunajská Streda, admitted that his biggest ambition would be "to play for Manchester United," and Radványi feels he may be capable of it one day. "He knows how to score and is also a fans' favourite. I want to see him playing here for another season, but Slovakia might already be too small for him."

 

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