Malta Football Association
Malta to play two taxing friendlies in Austria within five days
May 25, 2016
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photo (c) Paul Zammit Cutajar
photo (c) Paul Zammit Cutajar

As an early build-up to Malta’s international commitments in the coming months the senior national team will be engaged in two friendly matches between Friday 27th and Tuesday 31st May, both of which will be played in Austria.


The first test will be against the Czech Republic in Kufstein and the second will be against the home team in Klagenfurt.

National team coach Pietro Ghedin will be able to assess the form and physical condition of the players making up his 20-man squad. Tactical permutations will also feature on the agenda to gauge the collective qualities of the team. Against this background all the components of the squad are expected to be utilised during both matches.

The Czechs and Austrians will undoubtedly provide extremely stiff opposition which would invariably stretch the Maltese side.

More than half the players chosen by Ghedin are seasoned campaigners, having formed part of the national team regularly for a number of years now. Others were introduced lately, while English-born forward Luke Gambin who plays for Barnet is in line to make his debut for Malta.

Although our opponents in both matches will provide formidable opposition, Ghedin will obviously expect his players to perform solidly and with optimal concentration and staying power, elements which will always be vital especially in Malta’s tight competitive programme later on this year. 


The squad is made up of:





Henry Bonello Valletta F.C. 13 October 1988
Justin Haber Hibernians F.C. 09 June 1981



Andre Agius Hibernians F.C. (MLT) 12 August 1986
Cain Attard Birkirkara F.C. (MLT) 10 September 1994
Ryan Camenzuli Birkirkara F.C. (MLT) 08 September 1994
Ryan Camilleri Valletta F.C. (MLT) 22 May 1988
Clayton Failla Hibernians F.C. (MLT) 08 January 1986
Clifford Gatt Baldacchino Sliema Wanderers F.C. (MLT) 09 February 1988
Zach Muscat S.S. Akragas Città dei Templi (ITA) 22 August 1993

Roderick Briffa Valletta F.C. (MLT) 24 August 1981
Llywellyn Cremona Valletta F.C. (MLT) 07 May 1995
Paul Fenech Balzan F.C. (MLT) 20 December 1986
Bjorn Kristensen Hibernians F.C. (MLT) 05 April 1993
Rowen Muscat A.C. Pavia (ITA) 15 June 1991
Steve Pisani Floriana F.C. (MLT) 07 August 1992
Gareth Sciberras Birkirkara F.C. (MLT) 29 March 1983

Alfred Effiong Balzan F.C. (MLT) 29 November 1984
Jean Paul Farrugia Sliema Wanderers F.C. (MLT) 21 March 1992
Luke Gambin Barnet F.C. (ENG) 16 March 1993
Michael Mifsud Valletta F.C. (MLT) 17 April 1981
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