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Malta to play friendlies against Luxembourg, Finland
Jan 30, 2018
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Malta will be playing two friendly matches in March as part of their preparations for their commitments in the newly-launched UEFA Nations League.


The national team’s first official outing in 2018 will be a home friendly against Luxembourg at the National Stadium on March 22.

 

Four days later, on March 26, Malta, under the guidance of coach Tom Saintfiet, will meet Finland in another friendly in the Turkish city of Belek.

 

Malta have been drawn in Group D3 in the UEFA Nations League together with Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands and Kosovo.

 

Details of Malta’s upcoming friendlies were given during the meeting of the Malta FA Council, held on Tuesday afternoon at the Hotel Le Meridien.

 

Norman Darmanin Demajo, the Malta FA President, said discussions are underway to organise a training camp in Austria for the national squad in the May-June period.

 

“The Malta FA is doing its utmost to ensure that the national squad have the best possible build-up to the UEFA Nations League,” Darmanin Demajo said. He urged the clubs to support the efforts of the Malta FA and national team’s technical staff to further boost the preparations of the national squad for the UEFA Nations League which kicks off in September.

 

It was also announced on Tuesday that Vic Hermans has been appointed national futsal coach.

 

Hermans, from the Netherlands, had a spell in charge of the Malta futsal team in the past.

 

A FIFA futsal instructor, Hermans will oversee the progress of the national futsal team and also assist in the coaching education sector.

 

JURGEN BORG CASE


Dr Angelo Chetcuti, the Malta FA General Secretary, expounded on the ruling issued by the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding the appeal filed by goalkeeper Jurgen Borg against the Malta FA.

 

Borg contested the decision of the Malta FA Executive Committee to turn down his request to be allowed to register with another club after he had notified Hibernians that he had unilaterally terminated his five-year contract after three years.

 

The CAS partially upheld Borg’s appeal and instructed the Malta FA to enable his registration with any other Maltese club.

 

Dr Chetcuti said the Malta FA was still awaiting the detailed decision from CAS and will be discussing the matter further once the reasons behind this ruling are known.

 

A long and open discussion on the potential impact of this ruling ensued, involving club officials, MFA officials and Carlo Mamo, the Malta Football Players Association representative who attends MFA Council meetings as observer.

 

PEMBROKE, ANYANWU DECISIONS CONFIRMED


The Malta FA Appeals Board has confirmed the decision of the Board to Adjudicate Charges relating to Bribery and Illegal Betting in Football vis-a-vis Pembroke Athleta and Uchenna Anyanwu, the club’s former team manager.

 

In May, Pembroke Athleta were given a 10-point penalty, a fine of €5,000 and a five-year suspension from international competitions after being found guilty of breaching the Association’s Regulations on Bribery and Betting regarding football matches.

 

Anyanwu was banned for life from all football activities after the same Board found him guilty of violating the Association’s bribery regulations.

 

Both Pembroke and Anyanwu appealed against these sanctions but their appeals were turned down.

 

NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS


The Malta FA Council have approved two new council members.

 

Joe Zammit has replaced Adrian Delia as Birkirkara FC council member while Melchior Dimech is the new representative for Mosta FC following the resignation of Antoine Portelli.

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