Pequenino hopes to make lasting impression

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Speaking after netting his second goal since joining Abafana Bes’thende early in January, the Maputo-born player says he is eyeing a great stay in South Africa.

With teammate Musa Bilankulu helping with translation, the Tsonga-speaking Pequenino said: “Everything is going well for me here at Arrows. I obviously struggled to adapt because of the culture, language and other things, but I think I’m gradually settling down well, thanks to the support of my mates, coaches and fans.

“I see a great future for myself here. I want to be a regular here and play well so that I can attract the attention of my country’s senior national team selectors.

“Up until now, I have only represented my country at Under-20 and Under-23 levels, so I want to graduate to the senior team. Once I have achieved that, I will aim for an overseas contract.”

The 25-year-old’s first goal came against Free State Stars early in the season and the other one during the derby against Thanda Zulu Royal last week.

Pequenino previously played for Desportivo Maputo and was a top scorer in the 2005 and 2006.