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Scott happy to be back in the Cape 02/09/04
Engen Santos has gone on a major recruitment spree in the off season in a bid to bring in some younger faces to join the experienced pros at the hugely successful Peoples Team.

Engen Santos has gone on a major recruitment spree in the off season in a bid to bring in some younger faces to join the experienced pros at the hugely successful Peoples Team.

One of these new signings is striker Carlo Scott. Although only 24, Scott, who once held the record for the most expensive transfer paid for a player in the PSL, has extensive experience with big Johannesburg clubs Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows, as well Cape Town neighbours Ajax Cape Town.

SASoccer365 reporter Zaahier Adams caught up with Scott at the unveiling of Engen Santos new players at the impressive Marimba restaurant inside the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

ZA: First things first, How does it feel to back in Cape Town?

CS: Hey, Its great to back. Most of my family and support structure is here. Its good to be back in the Mother City.

ZA: Can you draw any comparisons between Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns?

CS: Swallows definitely have good technical and management staff. I also got on very well with Gavin Hunt (Swallows coach). I was much happier there than at Sundowns.

ZA: Then why did you leave the Mighty Birds for Engen Santos?

CS: I wasn't playing regularly at Swallows and I noticed how the majority of Santos goals were coming from their midfielders last season, so I thought I'd be able to make a difference here.

I also enjoyed a great run of goalscoring form while I was on loan at Santos from Sundowns in 2003. Many people believe that I play my best football in the Cape so I thought I'd put that to the test.

ZA: Has Carlo Scott matured since his days as a teenager at Cape Town Spurs seven years ago?

CS: Yes, Most definitely. I am 24 now and have settled down with my wife Tina and my child. I have also learnt a great deal from my time at Ajax, Sundowns and Swallows.

I especially learnt a great deal from playing with Daniel Madau at the Brazilians. Our exciting run through to the African Champions League final was also a great learning experience.

ZA: Do you still have any ambitions of playing overseas?

CS: Oh yeah! I don't think any player should put a ceiling on what he wishes to achieve. If I don't manage that, I think I would like the captains armband of Santos one day as I believe I'd be able to inspire the lads.

ZA: Can you give us a bit of insight of why Coach Boebie Solomons started you from the bench in Engen Santos opening Castle Premiership League 2-0 defeat to your old club Sundowns at Athlone Stadium last Wednesday?

CS: Well, the coach wanted to stick to the players that served him so well last season for the first game. I also missed my spot kick in the penalty shootout loss to Swallows in the first round of the SAA Supa 8 last week. So maybe that had something do with it, I dont know. (Laughs)

ZA: Could you please take us through what happened there?

CS: I was feeling very confident ahead of that penalty, but at the moment of impact I just hit it on the wrong side. Unfortunately these things happen in the game.

ZA: What are your immediate goals with Engen Santos this season?

CS: Ive put that penalty miss behind me and remain confident of the season ahead with Santos. I'm over all my injury problems, fully fit and raring to go. I just need to work on my sharpness and take the next opportunity that arises to bang the goals in the back of the net.

ZA: Thanks a lot for your time Carlo and good luck for the rest of the season.

CS: Its pleasure

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