Malta pre­pared to face Moldova

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Domenic Aquilina

Malta Un­der 21 head coach Sil­vio Vella stated that his team is well pre­pared to face Moldova in their last match in the UEFA Un­der 21 Cham­pi­onship Qual­i­fy­ing Round Group 1.

Af­ter their his­toric 1-0 tri­umph against Latvia on Fri­day of last week, Malta are now placed in fourth place in the group on the 8point-mark, a point ahead of Moldova and two points ahead of Latvia anchored at the bot­tom of the group all with nine matches played.

Last Fri­day, this Malta side went into the his­tory books of Mal­tese foot­ball by be­com­ing the only Malta na­tional team to reach the 8-point mark and go beyond the 5 points which the then Un­der 21 side man­aged by Ray “Zazu” Far­ru­gia man­aged to ob­tain.

“We are well pre­pared for our last match against Moldova. As al­ways we will give our hun­dred per cent against a Moldova side which I reckon will be tougher than Latvia. Yes I do be­lieve that we have a very good over­all squad and I am very happy ob­vi­ously that we have reached such a mile­stone with this team. When we reached the 4-point mark very early in the Group, I had no doubt that this team could go fur­ther,” said Malta coach Sil­vio Vella

“We still can im­prove over our last match, like in cir­cum­stances of pos­ses­sion of the ball but of course all teams have their own style of play. Yes ev­ery­one knows that these are the fu­ture players of the Malta se­nior team. We have al­ready seen Malta coach Pi­etro Ghedin pick­ing up players from this squad in pre­vi­ous se­nior matches so this con­firms that these boys are the fu­ture,” added Vella.

Dover Ath­letic de­fender Sa­muel Ma­gri who pro­duced a very pos­i­tive per­for­mance against Latvia on Fri­day also gave his com­ments: “I think we have a very good squad in gen­eral. All that there is lack­ing is maybe some lack of be­lief in our own ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

When asked what he thinks about mak­ing the big step to the Malta se­nior side, the big cen­tral de­fender said: “It will be a dream come true for me and my fam­ily. We just have to wait and see what hap­pens and if it hap­pens make sure I will grab the chance.”

Jes­mond Abela, Malta Un­der 21 team man­ager, stated that this squad was planned wisely right from the start. “Right from the draws we be­lieved we could beat the likes of Latvia, whom one has to re­mem­ber we beat both home and away, and Moldova but one has to men­tion also the good per­for­mances both at home and away to Bel­gium who are placed se­cond in the group.”

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