It's at last been confirmed on Omiya Ardija's official site that Enilton has left the club and returned to Brazil. The 29-year-old arrived from Palmeiras during the close season with a respectable scoring record and with Squirrels fans hoping that he would link up effectively with the likes of Daigo Kobayashi and Kota Yoshihara to become the goalgetter that Omiya have been missing since Bare was let go at the end of 2004.
Instead, the Omiya supporters were treated to no more than Saul Martinez pt 2 - the Honduran international striker who came to Saitama from the Chinese League prior to the 2006 season, but was an unmitigated disaster in front of goal and was quickly released. To be fair to Enilton, there has never been any doubting his commitment and coach Robert Verbeek has consistently sung his praises and complimented him upon his attitude. But no goals in nine J-League appearances tells its own story - and a club in Omiya's position near the bottom of J1 cannot afford the luxury of a player who contributes to little to the end product.