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Pito needs more time

13th February, 2018

By FRANCIS XAVIER

KOTA KINABALU: Jelius Ating has admitted that Pito Ramos has not produced his ‘best moment’ for the Sabah Rhinos as yet.

He said his new man is still not in his best shape, particularly his fitness level after joining the team two weeks before the start of the new season.

However, he reckoned that his striker-in-chief has done relatively well for the team thus far.

“When we signed him, our hope was that he will be our main goal poacher, and now he has one in three games, which is quite good,” the Sabah Rhinos head coach said.

“We have to remember he is still new in the team. He needs to adapt to our style of play.

“He also did not have a full pre-season with us, so it is obvious that his fitness is still not on the same level with the rest of his team-mates. Furthermore, he is still adjusting to life in a new environment,” he added.

“But I’m happy to note that he has the ability to battle with the opponents, as we can see in our opening three matches.

“He is also good with his movement up front, which enables his team-mates to flourish, and I’m satisfied with him thus far. I believe that the best is yet to come from him (Pito).

“I’m also glad to see that, despite all the circumstances, he has been giving his best to help the team and get the desired results,” said Jelius.

“I know, it has not been easy for him, but he has been trying really hard. Even during our matches, you can see he was being tightly marked by the opponents, sometimes by two players.

“However, this situation benefits the team, as it will give room to his team-mates. “I just hope he will keep trying because if he does that, I know the time will come for him to excel.

“On our part, we will give our support, and hope he will keep on with the hard work, and the same goes to the rest of the players.

The six-feet-three-inches-tall Pito, who joined on a free transfer from Puerto Rico FC, has had quite a good start to life in the Premier League.

He made his bow with a goal in their 4-0 thrashing of Terengganu FC II in the opener.

For the record, Sabah Rhinos are currently riding high in the Premier League where they registered two wins and a draw from the opening three games, scoring seven goals and conceding one.

The Premier League is currently on a two-week Chinese New Year break, and when it resumes Sabah Rhinos will take on Sarawak in a Borneo Derby clash that will take place at the Likas Stadium on February 24.

   
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