Adriano not at his peak yet

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After coming on as a second half substitute in his debut match against Bidvest Wits, Pires played 90 minutes in the 2-0 loss to Bay United on Sunday.

“In the time that I have been here what I have realised is that you need to be physically fit to compete in this league. I still need to reach the right match fitness levels and that I will achieve after two games. At this stage I am not yet 100 percent,” says Pires.

Pires, the first ever Cape Verde international to play in South Africa, says it felt good to have played 90 minutes on Sunday.

“For me to progress, I had to play that 90 minutes and it felt good that I did play the whole game. But the biggest problem that we have is that we failed to score, especially in the first half when we dominated.

“What happened on Sunday was pure bad luck. But I believe that if we win one game, then we will begin to flow and score many goals as we have a very good team here at Pirates.

“What I like is that no one is putting anyone under pressure as we are keeping our focus through the trying times. Things will fall into place soon. But personally, I still need a bit of time to really understand the style of football that we play and the way my teammates also play,” says Pires.

The 24-year-old has since moved out of the hotel where he was staying and is now safely in a townhouse complex in Johannesburg which also houses Destin Makita and Josephy Kamwendo.

“The good thing is that my fiancée joined me on Friday and so she will be now cooking for me because I am bad in the kitchen. Maybe through her cooking, I will gain the energy to help change our fortunes,” he says jokingly.

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