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Malta U21 team feeling positive ahead of group opener

Posted By Sportinmalta On September 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am In Featured,Football | No Comments

For the past 10 months, the coaching staff have been working to oversee and build a new squad following the previous competition that ended late last year with two positive home results, a 2-1 win over Hungary followed in November by a 1-1 draw against Cyprus.

Since then, head coach Silvio Vella together with his staff have been conducting regular training stages with some friendlies along the way that saw this crop of young players beating Turkmenistan 2-1 and harshly losing 1-0 to Kosovo in a one-week training camp in Antalya, Turkey last March. In June, the Malta U-21 held Bosnia Herzegovina to a goalless draw in a friendly match at the National Stadium.

A difficult qualifying campaign (Group 8) is about to begin for the Malta U21 team as they face Northern Ireland on Friday, before travelling to Ukraine. Qualifiers against Finland and Denmark, also away, are lined up before the end of the year.

Romania is the other team in Malta’s group in this UEFA U-21 Championship qualifying campaign.

Meanwhile, the team arrived in the village of Antrim just a few kilometres away from the capital city Belfast late on Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, the Malta U-21 team had two training sessions as coach Silvio Vella finalised the preparations for Friday’s qualfier.

Mosta forward Zachary Brincat and winger Aidan Jake Friggieri, who this summer joined Gudja United, spoke to ww.mfa.com.mt about the upcoming qualifiers.

Malta take on Northern Ireland on Friday at 8.30pm (Malta time) at the The Showgrounds – Ballymena, before another long trip to play Ukraine on Tuesday at 5.30pm at the Metallurh – Zaporizhia stadium.

MALTA U-21 SQUAD

Goalkeepers – Timothy Aquilina (Gudja Utd FC), Andreas Vella (Mosta FC), Duncan Formosa (St.Andrews FC).

Defenders – Jean Borg (Valletta FC), Kurt Shaw (Sliema Wanderes FC), Kyle Gatt (Mosta FC), Michele Sansone (Sliema Wanderers FC), Nicholas Pulis (Valletta FC), Zachary Karl Grech (Balzan FC), Gary Camilleri (Tarxien Rainbows FC).

Midfielders – Myles Beerman (Hibernians FC), Marcus Grima (Balzan FC), Jamie Zerafa (Santa Lucia FC), David Xuereb (Senglea Athletic FC), Aidan Jake Friggieri (Gudja Utd FC), Jan Tanti (Senglea Athletic FC), Zack Cassar (Gudja Utd FC), Ayrton Attard (Hibernians FC).

Forwards – Jan Busuttil (Floriana FC), Zachary Brincat (Mosta FC), Omar Elouni (Santa Lucia FC).


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