Women’s football: Malta against Turkey

Saturday, March 27, 2010, 6:55

Captain Rebecca D'Agostino and National Team coach Pierre Brincat

The Malta Women’s National team today face Turkey in their fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 – UEFA Group 5 qualifier at the Centenary Stadium, kick off at 15:00 hours.

Having already tasted sour defeat at the hands of the mighty Spain in their first outing, losing 0-13, the Maltese girls clearly registered evident progress in the last two qualifiers, namely the 8-0 defeat at the hands of England, and a minimal 0-2 defeat at the Centenary Stadium against Austria.

Head coach Pierre Brincat knows the going will not be easy tomorrow against the Turks. “We played against the Turks three years ago in a UEFA Women’s tournament. They beat us 3-0 and since then they have strengthened their squad in a big way, especially with their players based in Germany. We all know the results of the first two matches, but what has always been very important to me is the performance of my team. The performance of my team against Austria in the last game was very encouraging and I expect my team to put up the same showing against the Turks tomorrow afternoon, if not better” stated Pierre Brincat this afternoon at a press briefing at the Centenary Stadium.

Malta team captain Rebecca D’Agostino is also confident about the performance of the Maltese side tomorrow and had this to say to the media “I do believe that we have learned our lessons from our first two matches. On the other hand the performance against Austria was so encouraging that I believe that as a collective team we can take it up against these teams. That is why the general performance of the team is definitely important to us”

Malta welcomes the return of Natasha Pace, who missed out on the Austria fixture through suspension. Newcomer Gabriella Zahra has been introduced to the squad by Pierre Brincat. Brincat also stated that it was a positive thing to note that no players are on the injury list, except for the goalkeeper’s position. Nina Dimech and Sharon D’ Agostino are the two goalkeepers available for Brincat, with D’ Agostino still nursing an injury.

The local public is urged to give their full support to the Maltese ladies for this very important fixture. Entrance is free of charge.

Malta’s next fixture will be against the same Turkish team on their own soil on April 11, 2010.


  1. dumpy says:

    good luck pierre u lit-tfajliet kollha. nispera li se nsibu replacemet ghal nina dimech ax dik qed tikber fleta


  2. Joshua Cacciattolo says:

    Nafu li ha tkun difficli, izda kuragg. Alinqas niskurjau l-ewwel gowl.


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