Paola Downtown and River Plate ready to upset ZC

Monday, February 7, 2011, 13:00

by Sandro Micallef

The MFA first Division National Futsal League has entered an interesting phase as now all teams are set to commence the second round with River Plate Bidnija and Paola Downtown ready to exploit a possible negative result by local reigning Champions ZC Execess Lazio. The latter are being coached by Florin Anton who act as a player coach. ZC Excess have to play the rest of the season without the services of the two Romanian International players Gabriel Dobre and Emil Raducu who left the island. These two players were indeed to class futsal players and helped ZC to win eight games so far out of nine this season.

River Plate Bidnija led by Nathaniel Jones posses very good players amongst whom Ibrahim Taryk and Vojko Martonovic and are considered to be the second best team so fat in the top local futsal league.

Another team that can challenge for the title till the end in Paola Downtown, a team managed by experienced Kevin Mifsud. With seven wins and only to negative results so far this season Downtown can be a very hard nut to crack for ZC Excess.

Naxxar Motors, Luxol Amazon and Pentagon Properties are all very well organized teams. Naxxar Motors have merged this season with the former White Eagles team made up of Serbian players and have practically two teams in each domestic games. The likes to Robert Magro, John Cutajar and Malta keeper Matthew Mifsud can give that extra pressure to the top three teams.

Pentagon Properties coached by Jonathan Pisani have tried to build upon on last year’s progress by joining forces with Arab players who last season formed the Scandals team. The inconsistencies during some crucial matches have led Pentagon to lose on points but can still make it in the Championship play offs.  

Luxol Amazon are one of the most tactical disciplined teams with regular organised set pieces all throughout their games. Their qualified Italian coach Simone has an array of technical players amongst whom Jean Bert Gatt, AthillaHorvath, Lazslo Hajossy who all can change the score of a game in a matter of minutes.

The below is the updates table of the MFA First Division National Futsal League. All games in this Division are played on Mondays and Thursdays at 7.45pm and at 8.15pm respectively at the Corradino Pavilion in Paola. Entrance is free.

First Division
  P W D L GF GA Pts
ZC Excess Lazio (Futsal Club) 9 8 0 1 68 24 24
River Plate Bidnija Futsal Club 9 7 0 2 61 40 21
Paola Downtown 9 7 0 2 60 27 21
Naxxar Motors Futsal 9 6 0 3 50 35 18
Pentagon Properties B.F.C. 9 5 0 4 37 43 15
Luxol Amazon Cinco FC 9 4 1 4 35 37 13
White Eagles Daikin 9 2 0 7 21 58 6
Sliema Bilbao 9 2 0 7 38 50 6
Los Street Boyz 9 2 0 7 29 44 6
Scandals 9 1 1 7 42 83 4

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