I support Sergio …. do you ?

Friday, April 16, 2010, 16:00

by Sandro Micallef

The Water Polo Winter league is entering an interesting stage but the attention of local fans is focused on a recent controversy that has emerged as the ASA is being pressured to remove Sergio Afric from National Team coach. Why all this fuss ?

This issue came to light after a recent article published on this website in which it was reported that Afric, who is also the Sliema Water polo Club coach, had called all Sliema players to train with the National team. This move by Afric was not welcomed by some clubs’ committee officials and it prompted them to file an official protest with ASA President Dr. Austin Sammut and his colleagues in the ASA Executive Committee.

Is Sergio having a conflict of interest? Well, we better ask him!

I think that Sergio is a very good and professional coach, who has won all honors in Malta and knows the local water polo scene very well.  He has won titles with San Giljan, Sirens, Neptunes and Sliema and has worked in all the main Malta local water polo pitches.

He is aware of the fact that none of our water polo players are professional with the exception of Steve Camilleri. Sergio is a qualified coach and he is the right man for the job. As I have always commented in the local media I am always in favour of having a local coach at the helm of our National Teams, but if no adequate candidates are available for the job, then the choice of Afric makes sense and I support whoever took the decision and I also support him in this difficult job as coach of the National Team.

Let us support Afric. The Croat knows when and where to wear the Sliema hat!

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6 Comments

  1. anon says:

    curios may i remind you that in italy serie a
    galliani was the president of milan and the president of the football federation so please lets not talk about only in malta….
    dont disgrace your country….

    besides everyone who know little about waterpolo knows that afric is the best coach for the national team….

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  2. Concerned says:

    Kola, I also agree that Afric is the right man for the job. But he should be asked to sever his connection with his club. Otherwise his position is unacceptable.

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  3. manuel attartd says:

    ForzA neptunes u forza nicky lanzon

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  4. curious says:

    kola, the fact that some players refused the call up to the national team ,which can happen due to work commitments, is not the issue. the issue is that Afric used time allotted to national team training to his own advantage and that of his club.

    i I would be curious to know, if one travels the world and looks at each and every sport, how many coaches there are who currently are coaches of a club and their national team at the same time? Only in Malta!

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  5. kola says:

    YOUR ARTICLE SAYS THAT FANS HAVE TURNED THEIR ATTENTION TO THE CONTROVERSY. WHAT FANS? JUST SOME CLUB OFFICIALS WHO ARE NOT IN AGREEMENT WITH THE CHOICE. BUT THEN IS THIS NOT A MATTER OF OPINION. SOME 5 PLAYERS HAVE REFUSED TO PLAY FOR THE N.T. DON’T YOU THINK THAT IS NOT A BURDEN AND DISAPPOINTMENT FOR A COACH?
    WITHOUT MUCH ADO, I THINK SERGIO IS THE MAN FOR THE JOB. IF NOT WHOM? SPORTINMALTA, ASK YOUR READERS TO INCLUDE THEIR PREFERRED 13 AND YOU WILL FIND OUT WHERE EACH PERSON’S ELIGIENCE LIES. COME ON MALTA…. LETS CHEER OUR BOYS ON AND NOT JEER THEM EVEN BEFORE THEY SET FOOT ON A PLANE.

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  6. stopwatch says:

    fl-artiklu ta’ qabel, ghidtu li se tiehdu l-kummenti ta’ l-ASA. Jaqaw dan l-artiklu ir-risposta? Lanqas ghandek ghalfejn issaqsiha id d-domanda “Is Sergio having a conflict of interest? “…. ghax car daqs il-kristall li ghandu ! U mela, ghal risposta bilancjata u minghajr pregudizzji saqsi lilu ukoll ta, halli jghidlek!

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