The last time Dominguez played at home, in the cavernous Machava Stadium in outer suburbs of Maputo, his performance was likened to that of a conductor of an orchestra.
Mozambique's first qualifier in Group C of the final phase of African preliminaries for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ was at home to the powerful Nigeria in March, a tough start for the Mambas in their bid to qualify for a first-ever finals appearance. Dominguez turned on the style and guile and pinned back the highly rated Super Eagles, tormenting defender Taye Taiwo and setting up several good chances for his compatriots. But it ended in a setback for the hosts, the game concluding without any score and with the conductor unable to deliver a final and decisive flourish.
The diminutive winger heads back home again this weekend when Mozambique meet Kenya in the fourth of their qualifying group matches. Since the stalemate with Nigeria, they have lost away in Tunisia and Nairobi and with just a single point have only an outside chance of FIFA World Cup qualification. However, there is still the very real chance to qualify for the CAF African Cup of Nations in Angola in January. They must beat Kenya's Harambee Stars to keep alive those hopes and Dominquez will again be key to their plans.
He managed a goal against Kenya in June, but Mozambique lost that game 2-1. Dominguez says he knows there is pressure now to ensure the Mambas reverse that score and put their campaign back on the rails.
I've had contact with clubs (in Europe) but nothing concrete. I've had some talks on the telephone. I think I'd fit in well in Spanish soccer because their style is best suited to my game.
The player is, in essence, a footballer with a double identity. His compatriots know him, in the Lusophone tradition, by his given footballing moniker, the talent from Desportivo Maputo who has since gone across the border and become a major success in neighbouring South Africa. There, he is known as Elias Pelembe, his civil name, and in two seasons he has won two championships and has been named top player in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
He has just made a lucrative move to Mamelodi Sundowns, the Pretoria club whose mining magnate owner Patrice Motsepe has broken the bank for Dominquez' talents. A transfer fee of around €500,000 plus a monthly wage in the €20,000 range might be average in Europe but for the South African league it represents record earnings.
Dominquez will be 26 in November, at the peak of his ability but also at a crucial juncture in the possible creation of his own legacy. But he is not keen to confirm the assertion that his is a massive responsibility in ensuring Mozambique's success in their latest FIFA World Cup assignment. Instead, talk of achieving his ambitions centres around one day winning a transfer to Europe, although time and physical size count against him.
The player insists he could yet make the transition, and still harbours such ambitions, even despite his recent transfer. "I've had contact with clubs (in Europe) but nothing concrete. I've had some talks on the telephone. I think I'd fit in well in Spanish football because their style is best suited to my game," he said. "I'd like to play their one day because it would mean that my technical ability has been recognised."