Malta Football Association
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TESTING TIME FOR MALTA AS BUILD-UP FOR EURO 2016 STARTS
Mar 1, 2014
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photo credit - Domenic Aquilina
photo credit - Domenic Aquilina

  • photo credit - Domenic Aquilina
  • photo credit - Paul Zammit Cutajar

Malta will again be under Pietro Ghedin’s microscope as the team is due to play Albania on foreign soil on Wednesday 5 March in the opening test of the year for our players. It will be the first friendly for the Maltese as they start their preparatory build-up to the opening Euro 2016 away match against Croatia in Group H on 9 September to be followed by the home encounter against Norway on 10 October and three days later against Italy at Ta’ Qali


 

Ghedin is fully aware of the importance of adequate preparation of his units as he aims to get his squad in as fine a tactical and physical shape as possible for the Euro top competition for nations.

 

Our task when confronting countries such as those in our group is a formidable one. The Italian is under no illusion. His target is satisfactory performances complemented by creditable results. Breaking our duck in terms of points has always been high on our agenda. To achieve this the team has to perform with utmost diligence, concentration and good tactical nous.

 

The match in Albania will offer the first inkling of our capabilities, more so when we have to play in conditions which may be far from favourable for us. The match will be an opportunity for Ghedin to assess the quality of new faces he may introduce in the squad and their integration with the core units.

 

The squad to face Albania is as follows:

 

Justin Haber  Birkirkara FC GK
Andrew Hogg  Kalloni Lekanopedio GK
     
Andrei Agius  F.C. Aprilia DF
Steve Bezzina  Balzan Youths FC DF
Ryan Camilleri  Hibernians FC DF
Alexander Muscat Sliema Wanderers FC  DF
Emmanuel Muscat  Wellington Phoenix FC  DF
Zach Muscat Birkirkara FC DF
Joseph Zerafa Birkirkara FC DF
     
Andrew Cohen  Hibernians FC MF
Bjorn Kristensen Hibernians FC MF
Clayton Failla  Hibernians FC DF
Paul Fenech  Birkirkara FC MF
Leighton Grech Qormi FC MF
Edward Herrera  Birkirkara FC MF
John Mintoff Sliema Wanderers FC  MF
Gareth Sciberras  Birkirkara FC MF
     
Michael Mifsud  Melbourne Hearts  FW
Andre' Schembri  Omonia Nicosia FW
Terence Vella  Birkirkara FC FW
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