Adelaide City have signed attacker Benny Kovadio ahead of the 2019 National Premier League SA season.
Kovadio was born in the Ivory Coast and moved to Perth in 2011. He spent four of his last seven years at Gwelup Croatia, winning a Football West State League Division 2 title and playing in the FFA Cup Round of 32 in his time at the club. The Ivorian also played for Floreat Athena in WA’s NPL for two years while having a brief stint with fellow top-tier club Balcatta FC before heading to the Stirling Lions.
But Kovadio, 26, wanted a change in his career and hinted that it was a chat with Michael Matricciani that influenced him to make the move across the Nullarbor to City.
“I spoke with Michael and he had many great ideas,” Kovadio said.
“The football he wants to implement is different to other managers and he made the decision really easy.”
When asked what fans are to expect of him, Kovadio highlighted his ability to play across a number of positions as a key strength of his, believing that it could be a huge asset to City.
“I have often been used up front,” he said.
“In Perth, I was also deployed on the wings or as an attacking midfielder but ultimately the decision is up to Michael (Matricciani) where he wants to use me.”
Kovadio is a huge boost for City’s 2019 campaign as he joins Paul Radice in signing with the club for the next season. He began pre-season training with City’s senior squad on Monday night and is eager to get started with his new teammates.