Futsal National team warms up with International friendly tournament

Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 9:39

The Malta Futsal national team under the guidance of national coach Kevin Mifsud has for several months been in the process of fine tuning in the light of competitive international
matches ahead. This preparation has been highlighted by intensive work-outs including physical and tactical preparation for the squad which has now been short-listed to 14 from six teams and which includes two goalkeepers.

The forthcoming engagement for our team will be in the 3rd Malta International Friendly Tournament at the Hibernians Sports Pavilion, Corradino, between the 6th and 9th January.
Malta will be hosting England, Georgia and Greece, three teams which should provide strong opposition for our lads.

The fast tempo of the game and environment, together with quality opponents should offer our public the ideal setting in the closed surroundings of the Indoor Pavilion at Corradino.

A sizeable number of supporters is expected at Corradino to give the local boys much-needed backing which could translate into a psychological boost in this high-tempo game.

The Futsal national team coach Kevin Mifsud commented, “this tournament is in preparation of the international qualification matches which will be hosted here in Malta two weeks later.
Training has been problematic in these last twelve weeks as the clubs were reluctant to send their players due to the fact that the training sessions coincided with the league matches. Thus
the full complement of players could not attend regularly. Training resumed anyway and we will continue to train until Friday in preparation for this tournament. Five key players will be
missing, but at the same time we have added to the squad five new faces who debut with the national team in this tournament. We are facing tough opposition, especially Georgia, who are
better placed than us in the futsal FIFA rankings, but we will do our best to get a positive result for our supporters.”


The fixtures and Malta team players are as follows:

MD1 – Sunday 6th January 2013
1500 hours – Georgia vs. Greece
1730 hours – Malta vs. England
MD2 – Monday 7th January 2013
1600 hours – England vs. Greece
1830 hours – Malta vs. Georgia
MD3 – Wednesday 9th January 2013
1600 hours – Georgia vs. England
1830 hours – Malta vs. Greece


Mr. MIFSUD Kevin – Coach
Mr. CALLEJA Leandros – Physiotherapist
Dr. CUTAJAR John – Team Doctor
Mr. SAMMUT Mark – Kit Manager
Mr. MALLIA Joe – Team Secretary


BALDACCHINO Brian – Floriana FC
CASSAR Christian – Hibernians FC

Defenders / Forwards
BARTOLO Kurt – Floriana FC
BRINCAT Daniel – Floriana FC
DEL RE Nicola – Balzan FC

MANGION Andy – Floriana FC
MICALLEF Jesmond – Zejtun Corinthians FC
MUSU Dylan – San Gwann FC
SAMMUT Gian Carlo – Tarxien FC
SALIBA Xavier – Hibernians FC
SCIBERRAS Cedric – Hibernians FC
SCIRIHA Pio – Floriana FC
TARIK Ibrahim – Hibernians FC
VELLA Shawn – San Gwann FC

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