“Sergio Afric non ha un grosso mercato in Italia” – Marco Risso

Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 21:03

The controversy in the ASA on the national coach selection seems to have no end and in fact this took an interesting twist yesterday evening when San Giljan coach Marco Risso gave his version of events. The latest act in this whole saga played itself out on prime time television, when Risso was contacted live during the weekly water polo TV programme Man Up+ on NET Television. Early in July sportinmalta.com had exclusively revealed that the ASA was in contact with Risso for a possible substitution on the national team bench.

Marco Risso

Marco Risso

The outspoken Italian said that back in March, he was contacted by the ASA, just before the national team was leaving for Istanbul to take part in the European Championships. Risso said that the fact that the ASA contacted him was due to the serious problems that existed in the national team, but he refused the offer as he was still under contract in Italy and asked to be contacted in May.

According to Risso, the ASA contacted him once again in May while he was still coaching his Serie A side in the championship finals. A formal proposal by the ASA was presented to him in June. This full time offer came at a time when another 5 or 6 clubs were after his signature, offering him lucrative contracts that were financially much better than the ASA’s, but he was still interested in taking the job.

Risso told the ASA that he could be the national team only on a part-time basis, and in the process had refused contracts with three Serie A sides and eventually signed for Torino. The ASA opted to go for a full-time coach, and the choice fell on Afric.

At this point in the live interview, Marco Risso got one back on Afric when he said “Sergio Afric non ha un grosso mercato in Italia … anzi direi che non ha piu di una goccia” (Sergio Afric is not very sought after in Italy, not more than a drop of water)

He concluded by complementing the ASA for its choice and wished Sergio Afric the best of luck.

Earlier, Afric had alleged that it was not the ASA who had approached Risso, but it was the Italian who had put his name forward to the ASA for consideration.





50 Comments

  1. Spriggan83 says:

    Pretty tough behind monitors and keyboards…Let the ASA and judicial system do their work..just get over it. Penultimate word of advice, senior members from both clubs should get together, and agree on the horrendous act that it should never be tolerated, put it behind them and quell the drama amongst the masses.

    Man with a Plan

    yours truly

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  2. GILJANIZ says:

    lanqas haqq toqoghdu tirrispondu lil dawn it-tnejn. dawk meta jinzlu il pitch taghna hadd ma jaghti kashom u ghalhekk joqoghdu jiktbu fuq l-internet . sb+jb= frustrati

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    steve Reply:

    andek zball ta giljaniz jien minix frustrat u biex ninfurmak jien stmat hafna pitch ghax xoghol li namel ta siehbi jekk inti ma taghtix kasi amel inti jew ma tapprezax xoghol li namel ghal-club minix se ninkweta ta imma andek zball siehbi

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    GILJANIZ Reply:

    minghalik imma

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    steve Reply:

    mela siehbi jien club rispettat min kulhadd ghax xoghol siewi li amel siehbi jekk andek kuragg ghidli min inti jien l-aqwa li club kulhadd jirrispetani

    johan tanti Reply:

    ma nistax nifem ghala ma ggibux isomkom u tiffirmaw giljaniz ezempju……. , konvint li xi supporter tan neptunes sis dak…..

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  3. steve says:

    issa nahseb li wasal li nikkalmaw affarijiet nibda minni iggifieri u supporters ta 2 teams jikkalmaw pero jien mhux se ninsa li kitbuli kontrija issa qed nahsiba x`namel bhalisa .festa tajba lil giljanizi kollha

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  4. waterpolo says:

    ghal kumidji li ghamel austin sammut ghandu jirezenja mhux kapaci mexxi ta

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    FACT Reply:

    u ghal kumidji li taghmlu intkom min se jiehu il-responsibilta ??

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    waterpolo Reply:

    u ghal kumidji li jamlu neptunes min ha jiehu responsibilita?

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    Kesu Reply:

    Kellkhom bzonn ghandkhom is-serjeta li ghandhom il-club tan-Neptunes. Is-supporters taghkhom stess ta rashom floka qed jitkazaw bikhom. 

    waterpolo Reply:

    supporters taghna kburin bina ta u b team taghna ta,mela ghandhom serjieta neptunes biex jinhabu ma president ta asa,moggi,giraudo u bettega qedin go neptunes hehee

    steve Reply:

    biex ninfurmak kesu ghara kemm andkom kumitat serju taf li president takom u coach ta under 14 qed jigu investigati mil-asa wara theddid li ircivew taf wara li irbahna 7-2 under 14 bonello ghedded lis-segretajru ta asa biex meta jipprotestestaw jiprova jinfluenza u coach ta under 14 ghedded lil ronnie spiteri referee wara loghba bdew johorgu affarjiet li fil-bierah li jien kont cert li hemm aktar affarijiet x`johorgu

  5. ronald@onvol.net says:

    jien insegwi l football u gieli nara Waterpolo imma qatt ma kelli xi team imma nitkaza nara dan il kummenti bejnietkom …. andkom sport l ghira ta kulhadd come on support Lil president u min imexxi xi tridu glied bhal ma jkollna fil football !!!!!!!????

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    steve Reply:

    jien ghadt mhux se naghti support lil president ta asa ghax dak ma jimxiex sew dak lilna ghadt ma ghena u fotewna league ta under 14 axlejn amlu pastazata kbira

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    parent-supporter Reply:

    @ steve.

    before you start talking sense i suggest, you got off ALL forum sites. on a nother note you are the ONLY ADULT passing comments with regards the NEPTUNES/SAN GILJAN saga. instead of letting your committee handle the issue with ASA, all you are doing is IS-SAHHAN L-IRJUS, so please get of FACEBOOK and any other site you are comme nting on. you called yrself TEAM MANAGER on FB, whilst insulting and threatening a neptunes committee member and his son. if you take yr role as team manager seariously:
    1. you would refrain from commenting on-line and 2. YOU WILL STOP YR PLAYERS FROM ALSO THREATENING THE SAME COMMITTEE MEMEBER AND HIS SON. SHAME SHAME SHAME

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    waterpolo Reply:

    parent li zomm ma neptunes hehehee

    steve Reply:

    biex nikkoregik jien mhux ufficjalment team manager ta zghar imma kwazi hekk qejed u jien ma ghedditx lil bniedem li qed isemmi jekk trid saqsih .jekk ma tafx president takom u coach ta under 14 ta neptunes qedin invistigati fuq theddid mhux jien ghax president takom ghedded lil segretarju ta asa wara loba li irbahna 7-2 u jiem qabel il-protest u coact ta under 14 ghedded lil referee ronnie spiteri.titfax fuqi li amiltu intom u jekk ma tirtirax li ghadt fuqi qed nikkunsidra namilek libell

    FACT Reply:

    isma ghalfejn ma tipprovax titla bhala president ta l-asa , timpjega lil huk bhala segretarju u lil xi hadd iehor li jaf jikteb u jaqra 

    parent-supporter Reply:

    @ steve….. let the competitent board/authority do their work. did you do anything to stop yr no.4 from blaspheming online? well, if you are not officially team manager, i suggest you go back to all yr FB comments in the past week, take a deep breath, sit down and read them all over again——- i’m quoting YOU when i refer to you as TM

    how about also reading comments by a SG u/14 player and one of yr supporters saying they are off to PV to coke themselves???????? they and their friends seem to think its cool – I THINK ITS PATHETIC. DRUGS SUCK, DRUGS KILL. all this paroli of doing coke in PV, is definitely undermining all the good work cocci did this winter touring schools and lecturing against the use of drugs

    parent-supporter Reply:

    @waterpolo…… and so what if i am a neptunes supporter? aren’t you a SG supporter bty the sounds of it? its a free country my friend. so what you are basically saying is that steve is correct in his actions, words and attitudes MIGHT IS RIGHT according to you? one final thing – neptunes ghad ma ipprovaw jifothu bhal SG, so just with honest with yourselves and everybody else and admit : YOU TRIED TO SCREW AROUND AND GOT CAUGHT. on a final note, so what if austin sammut was having a coffee with matthew bonello – big deal!! its just like saying that NP MPs having a drink with LP MPs after parlament……

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    waterpolo Reply:

    fact issa mur inti f asa ha tkompli taqa l isfel kif qeda taqa issa,min jaf ghala ta neptunes jaqbsu ghal austin sammut,xhemm min taht hehee?parent ewwel mur ara waterpolo qabel tparla,isejtu kemm ajartuna tnejn li ghada intkom

  6. waterpolo says:

    ma jaqbilhomx li jitlaq austin sammut ghax inkela ma jibqawx igawdu neptunes ta,bicca wahda mahom dejjem, ikun pitch ta neptunes,jekk ma tafx baranin ma gewx mix skola ta fodor,jekk ma tafx neptunes under14 kelhom barani b pasaport barani u jghix barra u ghal asa gie meqjus malti dak tbaswir kbir,neptunes rebhu league ta under 14 ta subbuteo ehhehehe ghax f ilma dejjem tilfu ehheeheh,ahjar mur f fina president austin ghax kapaCI HAFNA TA

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    Kesu Reply:

    Dwar il plejer li qed tghid hu barrani b’passaport barrani u gie meqjus malti u skond int kien hemm tbaswir, kbir ukoll, ipprotestajtu? Jekk le allura hemm xi haga hazina fil-klabb ta’ San Giljan u m’ghandhomx nies kapaci li jmexxu.

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    steve Reply:

    biex nirrispondik kesu ahna nafu imexxu iktar milli tahseb inti adna nies fil-kumitat kapaci jekk ma tkunx affarjiet sew titkelimx

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    waterpolo Reply:

    kesu loghob jitrebah f ilma mhux b protesti ta ghal hek ma protstajnix serah rasek,ahna mhux bhal neptunes bikija,jamlu min kollox biex jerbhu ta

    Kesu Reply:

    Waterpolo – L-ewwel nett ghidu lill coach taghkhom Sig Risso li jdahhlilkhom f’raskhom BISOGNA SAPER PERDERE. l-under-14 ilha ssir fuq l-20 sena u qatt ma rbahtuha u ghad ma tghallimtux titilfu!

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    waterpolo Reply:

    neptunes jafu jitilfu ghax meta tilfu ma san giljan 7-2,president ta neptunes baghat kliem ta tgheddid l;il segretarju ta asa

  7. h20 says:

    please tantx taqblu mieghei ghax joqodu jghidu li in nies tal waterpolo kollha kontrihom ukoll!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    u waterpolo ahjar talqu halqkom intom kemm hawn kif fl-ilma u kif fuq l-istands tal pixxina ghax intom dejjem taqtghu figura hazina u hadd iktar

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    steve Reply:

    hu meta iggieldu fil-final tal-winter league meta iggieldu sliema-neptunes mhux intom kontu qabzu 5 players mil-bank ta neptunes li suppost kellhom jigu sospizi kollha ghax ma jistawx intom kontu li qtajtu figura hazina h20

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    waterpolo Reply:

    dik loghba meta iggildu sliema v neptunes hemm ma gara xejn hadd ma gie sopsiz adlu president ta asa ,dak nar ta protest sibt fghodu kien qed jixrob ma nies ta neptunes,serju wkoll

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  8. Kesu says:

    Kemm hawn min irid idahhaq. San Giljan ghax ma jghidux li ppruvaw jisfidaw meta laghbu lit-taljani fl-under-14 meta ma kienux irregistrati kif suppost. Prosit ghan-nursery taghhom! Ma kellhomx il-hila irawwmu tim kollu Malti ghall-under 14. Kellhom imorru l-skola tal-waterpolo ta’ Fodor f”tas-Sliema biex ingaggaw zewg barranin biex ZGUR jirbhu. San Giljan minn dejjem hekk kienu. Fejn ixommu li jistghu jirbhu xi unur jippruvaw inizzlu l-angli mis-sema biex forsi jirnexxilhom. 
    Tantx tparlaw fuq Austin Sammut. Meta Robbie Ebejer lahaq president hekk kienu qalu l-ilsna hziena u spiccaw biex Neptunes l-aghar li marru taht ir-renju tieghu.
    Sewwa qaxxarilkhom h20 fil-kumment ta’ qabel. Prosit h20!!

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    waterpolo Reply:

    EJA QAXRUNA LIVE MHUX HAWN,JEW TIBIZAW INTKOM TA NEPTUNES GIBU PULIZIJA HEHEHEEH,AUSTIN SAMMMUT IREZENJA GHAL GID TA WATERPOLO

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    kola Reply:

    Jien miniehx supporter tan-Neptunes. Imma San giljan, anki fit-tournaments tal-under 14 tax-xitwa, kellkom tilghabu 3 ta 15 il-sena. Vera imgewhim ghall xi rebha.
    Jien nahseb li l-age groups tal 14 u tas 16 ghandhom ikunu minghajr barranin. Din l-eta irridu intelghu it-tfal mhux nirbhu biss. Come on clubs, be united on this front, otherwise in a short while we will not watch WP in malta any longer.

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    steve Reply:

    kola kun ghaf qabel ma thammeg club taghna fix-xitwa clubs kienu ftemhu li tilab 2 over age u ma kellnix 3 imma 2 jien ma nara xejn hazin billi jilabu barranin allura kif qed tirraguna inti player malti ma jistax jmur jilab barra hu .

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    steve Reply:

    biex nirrispondik kesu players barranin registrati u kienu eligibli biex jilabu kulhadd jaf kif tilfulilna league alxejn ghax kien komfoffa kontrina imma mandiex kilba ta iridu nirbhu bilfors ghax meta laghbna under 14 ma team iehor kellna ragun namlu protest imma ahna nemmnu li punti fil=oitch jintrebhu mhux bhal-neptunes rebhu loghob fuq mejda u biex najdlek huma riedu jigu jilabu maghna u ahna kellimnihom u kieku noqod attent kif titkelem kontra club ghax kieku namilek libell zgur ghax qed thammeg club taghna.under 19 neptunes andom 2 sirens kellhom 2 ,otters 2 m`scala 2 kulhadd kellu barranin kwazi under 16 neptunes kellhom 1 ,exiles 2 ,otters 1

  9. waterpolo says:

    h 20 ahjar talaq halqek tamel figura isbah,austin sammut ahjar jirezenja jamel figura isbah mhux kapaci imexi,kulhadd jafu li austin demhu ma neptunes,ikun dejem hem club,bicca wahda mahom, aghar wahda li ghamel austin fuq under 14,ghamel min kollox biex jerbhu league neptunes ,asa titmexa min nies mhux kapaci ta,kulhadd jaf asa ija sliema u neptunes u clubs ohra ishom ma jesistux ghal asa,

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    waterpolo fan Reply:

    steve bonello for ASA President.  bniedem kapaci , unest u jifhem f’kollox 

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    steve Reply:

    MELA JIEN ONEST U KAPACI GHAX NIFHEM U MA NITKELIMX JEKK MA NKUNX AFFARIJIET BHAL KIF QED JAMLU HAWN

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    GGG Reply:

    Nissekondak waterpolo fan….. ;)

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    random Reply:

    Steve, toqghod teqred fuq Austin Sammut. kont taf li San Giljan kienu wiehed mit-timijiet li vvotaw biex isir President? Mhux hekk biss, imma San Giljan kienu t-tim li taw l-iktar appogg u support biex isir president. Kif issa sena wara toqghodu tgorru? Kulhadd kien jaf li huwa supporter tan-neptunes, u San Giljan kienu jafu meta ivvotawlu u meta kkorrigawh biex jitla’ president; issa ghax kien hemm decizjoni kontrikom toqghodu teqirdu.

    dejjaqtuna teqirdu, kull klub f’malta minn neptunes u sliema sa otters u ta xbiex jafu xinhuma san giljan u s-supporters taghom; imnalla ghandkom President ragel sew u kumitat sura ta nies. il-bqija vera qazzistuna teqirdu fuq kollox. ir-refs kontrikom, it-timijiet kollha kontrikom ghax maghkom biss jilghabu tajjeb, l-barranin taghkom kontrikom ghax meta jigu maghkom ma jaghmlu xejn, issa l-asa kontrikom ukoll haha hallina ja abda imdejqin……..issa tibdew tghidu li FINA kontrikom u li M Zammit ma ha xejn miskin. hallikom mill u/14 u ahjar taraw xha taghmlu bil-kbar, ghax qas haq il-flus li infaqtu fuq players lokali u barranin, ghax ilkom taqaw qac-cejt sajf shih – jalla tigu l-ahhar – niggarantilek li l-klubs u supporterss kollha jkunu kuntenti!

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    steve Reply:

    JEKK TRID RANDOM EJJA NILTAQAW U NURIK MIN QED JAQA CAJT ALEKK KULHADD IRID PLAYERS TAGHNA TA ZGHAR GHAX MA UNDER 16 TA MALTA ADNA 7 PLAYERS MA MALTA IMMA MHUX SE NPAXXUK TA GHAX 3 POST SE NIGU .TAF XINHU KUNTENTI CLUBS LI MA JARAWX IKTAR HMIEG FIL-WATERPOLO BHAL MA JAMEL TEAM LI IZOMM MIJEW INTI

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    Kesu Reply:

    Veru li l-clubs kuntenti li ma jarawx aktar hmieg fil-waterpolo, imma hmieg tad-droga, dagha fahxi, tghajjir u insulti. Dan li ma jridux il-klabbs.

  10. h20 says:

    jahasra nithassarkom ta san giljan!!!!!!!!!!

    Madonna kulhadd kjontrikom…….
    asa kontrikom
    refereess kontrikom
    il clubs l-ohra kontrikom ghax makom biss jilabu tajjeb
    il barranin takom kontrikom ghax meta jigu makom ma jamlu xejn
    it temp dejjem jonfoh kontrikom ir rih
    il gvern kontrikom
    l-oppozizjoni kontrikom
    id driver li jwassalkom jiehu triq twila biex jajjikom

    IL vera qedin fsitwazzjoni hazina

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    kola Reply:

    San Giljan, gibtulna qalbna daqs zbiba.
    Come on wake up and stop lamenting on everything.

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    waterpolo fan Reply:

    likes this

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  11. waterpolo fan says:

    u hallina steve. minghalik f’kollox tifhem.

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  12. steve says:

    kulhadd jaf alfejn coach lil afric asa ghax huma lilna ma jahmulniex lil san giljan u alihom asa tezisti biss sliema u neptunes .x`kien ma gibtuhiex fuq sportinmalta fuq pastazata li amlu asa,neptunes u sliema fuq li amlu lilna ta under 14 serqulna league ingustament

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  13. Sette Bello says:

    Grande Risso ! A truly outspoken person who doesn’t fear any retribution.

    Unfortunately the other people on the panel during the programme, except for Stellini, were speaking of Afric like he was the best thing to ever happen to local waterpolo. Give us a break!

    In the next 2 years we will see who would have taken the right decision

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  14. waterpolo fan says:

    In true san giljan fashion Risso seems to enjoy blowing his own trumpet like the rest of the clan (supporters and players)

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