Sliema: too late too little?

Saturday, February 12, 2011, 15:32

by Joshua Cacciattolo.

Steve Abela - President Sliema W.

Steve Abela - President Sliema W.

Following the heavy defeat against Valletta and the sacking of Mark Marlow, Sliema Wanderers are in a deep crisis ahead of the game of the season (tomorrow against Hibs).

The euphoria around the Blues has vanished sooner than the most pessimistic Wanderers’ fan would have thought ,a great season after they won the Euro Challenge Cup and a positive result in Europe. After this the Blues had an eight game win-less run which resulted in a horrendous two months without a victory.

Last season was “saved” by a European berth qualification and they can’t be too hopeful for the current one looking at statistics. At the end of last season’s first phase, Sliema had twenty- eight points and also managed to secure a Championship Pool place going into the last game against Hibernians, when compared the nineteen points they have this season on the eve of the game, ironically, against the same opponent.

Steve Abela’s comments, (which date back to a July press conference), sounded heavy on Mark Marlow and his squad. The Blues’ boss noted that the 2010/11 season would be the end of the famous three year plan, the year that Sliema will win back the league after a six year drought.

Mark Marlow’s nail in the coffin was sealed after Sliema’s  heavy defeat against leaders Valletta. In my opinion the main problem was that Sliema played for 5 months with just two strikers in the squad (Obinna and Triganza). The arrivals of Chakib Lackham and Etienne Barbara were surely a cover for the famous technical or administrative past mistake – the sale Ivan Woods.

Two weeks ago Danilo Doncic took up what could be a useless challenge as their destiny was almost sealed. His debut was saved by a dubious penalty scored by Obinna Obiefule at the eleventh hour.  Praying for other clubs’ favours and his strikers to find the scoring touch, Doncic hopes to keep the minimal chance on Sunday alive.

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