Melbourne Knights’ 2017 squad continues to take shape, with one of NPL SA’s hottest prospects Elvis Kamsoba becoming Andrew Marth’s third signing of the off-season.
The 20-year-old comes to Somers Street having played for Croydon Kings in South Australia’s 2016 NPL conference, which followed two hugely successful years at sister club Adelaide Croatia Raiders. The Burundian was the Club’s Top Goalscorer in 2015, and in 2014 won the Best & Fairest at the tender age of 18.
The pacy winger, who can also play as a conventional number 10, said his decision to move interstate was influenced by former Knights man Michael Doyle.
“A good friend of mine, Michael Doyle, suggested that Melbourne Knights was the best club to reach me to the next level,” Kamsoba said.
“I’ve spoken to Michael a fair bit about Knights and the professional standards the Club holds but I know they have a very successful history here in Australia. After playing a bit at Adelaide Croatia you start to hear about all the other Croatian heritage clubs in Australia and Melbourne Knights is the one everyone talks about. And to play for such a well known Club is an achievement in itself.”
Kamsoba also revealed that this was the second approach from the Knights, having turned down an offer when he was in the National Youth League set-up.
“In 2015 I got few offers from 3 different clubs from Melbourne and I rejected their offers because I was confident that I was already in Adelaide United youth team. When I had the opportunity to travel in Melbourne last year for a trial with Melbourne City, I was offered a youth contract with Adelaide United, so I made a decision to come back in Adelaide but things didn’t work out they way it was planned.
“Stabba [Andrew Marth] contacted me about coming last year and I refused due to the offer I had with Adelaide United. I have decided to come this year to play for Melbourne Knights because I was convinced that I have a greater chance of going where I deserve to be.”
Kamsoba is a confident young player – who is also known in Adelaide for his acrobatic goal celebrations – and has his sights set firmly on silverware in 2017.
“My goals and aspirations for 2017 in short term is working my way into the team and helping the team win, and long term would be winning the Dockerty Cup and playing on the national stage.
“For those who have never seen me play, I can recommend them to come and watch and witness my talent for themselves yet from what I heard from people I’m known as a fast, skilful player that scores goals for fun.”
Kamsoba is the Club’s third new player of the off-season, following the signings of Jake Barker-Daish and Kym Harris.