Ishma-eel Stanfield: I chose Vasco over Milano United

Ishma-eel Stanfield: I chose Vasco over Milano United

Former Cape Town All Stars winger Ishma-eel Stanfield spoke exclusively to CapeTownFootball about his move from All Stars to Vasco da Gama


The former Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town All Stars winger signed a two-year deal with Vasco da Gama at the weekend.

Ishama-eel “Lelie” Stanfield told CapeTownFootball in an exclusive interview that he snubbed PSL promotion contenders Milano United when putting pen to paper with the Parow-based outfit.

“I’ve been thinking about this transfer move for the last month or two. They have been contacting my agent 24/7 and it was a choice I had to make between Vasco and Milano, so I chose Vasco,” Stanfield told CapeTownFootball.

“It’s not always about the name of the club, you should choose a club where you can expose yourself, not a club who has a huge squad,” he added.

Lelie spent three seasons with Cape Town All Stars before making the switch, and believes he will fit in well at Vasco as the brand of football is similar.

“It’s the same brand of football like Cape Town All Stars, not much difference and the players treat each and every one equal,” Stanfield told CapeTownFootball.

“All Stars is a great club and I respect them as a club and would like to thank them for giving me a good few seasons. I initially signed a one year contract (with All Stars) after winning promotion.

“I told myself that I came to Vasco to prove myself, starting it off by showing them the reason I’m here is to do business, and to add value in any way possible,” he concluded.

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