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Knights talk up recruit

Peter Desira, Herald Sun

Thursday, 10 October 2002

The people who introduced scoring sensation Toto Da Costa to Australian soccer claim they have pulled off another coup for Melbourne Knights.

The Knights say Gustavo Biscayzacu will be a household name in the NSL if he maintains the scoring record he established in Chile.

Biscayzacu finished second-highest scorer in Chile’s first division last season, scoring 23 goals in 30 outings for the Santiago Morning club.

His goals helped Morning avoid relegation, he was selected in the league’s team of the year and he earned himself a contract in Spain’s second division as a result.

Chile’s biggest club Colo Colo tried to lure him back.

Biscayzacu has been offered to the Knights for a guest stint (likely to be six matches) by Victor Gonzalez and Miguel Gillardoni, two South Americans living in Melbourne who hold up Da Costa as proof of their ability to deliver.

The Angolan scored 22 goals in two seasons with the Knights.

Biscayzacu, a Uruguayan national, was sent to Buenos Aires yesterday, in order to speed up the visa application process with the Australian embassy there.

The Knights are hoping he will be here within three weeks.

Knights coach Andrew Marth is set to bring striker Xhezair “Jezza” Sulemani out of the shadows and give him a starting berth in Sunday’s home game against Marconi.

Sulemani drifted into the background with the pre-season arrival of Adrian Cervinski, Leon Buhic and Henry Fa’Arodo but Marth believes the 21-year-old has earned another chance.

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