Malta cautiously optimistic ahead of tomorrow’s last match against Armenia

Friday, February 1, 2019, 15:15

Business as usual for the Malta futsal team in Sweden. The day after the team’s commendable performance in a 5-1 defeat against hosts Sweden coach Vic Hermans and his assistant Zeljko Anicic presided over another training session ahead of the last Group E match early on Saturday afternoon against Armenia.

Luxol young player Shataizan Zarb could also miss Saturday’s match as he injured slightly himself during warm-up yesterday, the rest of the 13 players are in good spirit and cautiously optimistic ahead of the Armenian test to wrap up commitments for Malta Futsal in Alingsas.

Neil Cauchi who plays for the UOM Students Futsal is one of the new faces in this young side.

For him this has been a remarkable experience that will hopefully lead to many more opportunities to represent his country at this level in the future.

His performance against Sweden was superb and that is a sign of better things to come for this young lad.

“After Belgium match we knew we had to work even harder at this high level, we spoke between us and were more determined to get a more respectable result, not happy with the end result, despite the improvement and resilience we still lost to Sweden, but I believe we made a step forward.

“We must respect Armenia, we know their strenghts, we watched videos of them, also followed their first game here in Sweden were they only lost 3-1 against the hosts, we know they are strong and fight for every ball but we’re not dreading this challenge on Saturday”.

Captain Mark Zammit scored the only goal for Malta, a consolation one in the 5-1 defeat against Sweden on Thursday, and his experience is definitely helping the rest of the group in their quest to become regulars in this National Team.

“We lacked experience in our first game, for the Sweden game we changed our atitude playing with more intense, did not panic and avoided mistakes, we also showed more composure and confidence.

“Tournaments and competitions like these will definitely help us in our experience at this level, but we need more playing time at this level, and further international engagements will certainly help us to reach our aims, raise our standards and be more competitive against some of the Elite in World Futsal like we faced this week here in Sweden”.

About tomorrow’s final group match captain Zammit stressed that Armenia are very strong, “we need to be at our best and give our 101% if we honestly believe to stand a chance in obtaining a positive result and gain points in Saturdays final match”.

Standings Group E after two matches each - Belgium, Sweden 6pts, MALTA, Armenia 0 points.

Armenia v MALTA Saturday 03nd February, 2019 @1330h at the Estrad Hall in Alingsås, Sweden.

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