Soler and co determined to win also in Poland

Thursday, June 30, 2011, 19:15

by Sandro Micallef

John Soler

John Soler the Malta National waterpolo team captain has stressed on the importance to finish Malta’s commitments in this qualification group with another win. “We came all the way here to win as we want to keep up the positive moment we are passing through” commented Soler during a press briefing after Malta’s first training session in Szczecin. The Sliema player added “I know we have upset Poland by winning against Turkey earlier this week but it was our job to do so as it will be the case again tomorrow. We will give our hundred percent to win. The atmosphere within the group is upbeat and we are all focused to honour this fixture to the maximum even though we have already qualified” remarked Soler.

Asked to comment about the drawback to play the second qualifying round in October, the 31 year old confessed that unfortunately all the Maltese players bar Camilleri will not be playing constant competitive waterpolo at that time of the year so he pressed on the ASA to try and get the Malta team to participate in an International tournament or friendlies before the October commitments. “Everyone knows that the peak of  a Maltese waterpolo player is reached in Summer so eventually we have to plan a particular build up for these home and away fixtures in October. We do hope also that we have a favorable draw” concluded Soler.

Sergio Afric

Malta coach Sergio Afric spoke about last Tuesday’s game by stating that he was happy that against the Turks he had four new players who did not play against them away in November. He said “We are here with the same squad we played against Turkey earlier this week, so this means that on paper we are stronger from the last encounter against the Polish side when Malta won comfortably at home”.

Afric added “Even though the target for the second qualifying round has been obtained ahead of the last match I am still working on an intensive preparation for this game which we want to win as well”  When asked by a Polish Federation official for his personal opinion about the recent change imposed by LEN for the European Finals qualification series, Afric replied that he welcomed the change due to the fact that it was very difficult for countries like Malta to keep on progressing to try and reach the finals.

Earlier during the day Sergio Afric and his assistant Karl Izzo conducted the first training session at the modern newly built Floating Arena in Szczecin. Simultaneously the Polish side conducted their training session. A crowd of about 900 spectators is expected to watch the game on Friday.

Malta was again in the Pool at 6.30pm today for a tactical session in which man up and man down situations were rehearsed and repeated thoroughly.

Watch snippets from Malta’s first training session. Filming Sunny Cuschieri

1 Comment

  1. ronald says:

    Good luck boys and well done sportinmalta for the coverage


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