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In-form Hibernians aiming high in Malta

Hibernians FC are bent on "winning every local honour possible" according to defender Andrei Agius, with his new club having won all five of their Maltese league outings thus far.

André Agius joined Hibernians this summer
André Agius joined Hibernians this summer ©Domenic Aquilina

Hibernians FC defender Andrei Agius says his side are looking to win "every local honour possible" after taking the Malta Premier League by storm with an opening salvo of five consecutive wins.

The Paola-based outfit finished a disappointing third last term, well adrift of champions Valletta FC. They have not clinched the league title since 2008/09, but appear to be in hungry form after downing Pietà Hotspurs FC 3-1 at the weekend to extend their winning start – which also included a 2-0 victory against the title holders on 14 September.

"Our ambition is to win every local honour possible," said Agius, a Maltese international who has brought new steel to Hibernians' rearguard. "I believe we have got a very strong squad with the right mix, but of course we have to wait and see."

Key to their success thus far has been the form of Brazilian striker Jorge Pereira da Silva, who has already helped himself to five goals. More generally, though, the club's results have vindicated the efforts of coach Branko Nisevic, who came in for sustained criticism last term. Having stuck at his task, Nisevic has put together a blend of talents who now stand two points clear of Mosta FC and three above Birkirkara FC in top spot and look genuine title challengers.

Agius himself is certainly optimistic as he continues his reintroduction to Maltese football, having agreed a two-year deal in the summer after spending the majority of his career abroad.

"After so many seasons playing in Italy, I'm very pleased to start my very first season with my hometown club, Hibernians FC," said the 28-year-old. "Obviously I have more responsibility, but that doesn't frighten me. On the contrary, my immediate objective is to help this big club get back to winning honours."