Sil­vio Vella starts build­ing new side to­day

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Un­der 21 coach Sil­vio Vella will cer­tainly be in­clud­ing new faces in his start­ing lineup in to­day’s friendly match against Cyprus at the Vic­tor Tedesco Sta­dium (kick­off 2.30pm).

Vella has an­nounced a newlook 18-strong squad for this af­ter­noon’s friendly in­ter­na­tional.

It is ev­i­dent that Vella is now start­ing his prepa­ra­tions to build a new squad for the next qual­i­fy­ing phase of the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

In fact, he only has five play­ers from the pre­vi­ous squad to rely on – Kurt Zam­mit, Jake Grech, James Brin­cat, Jur­gen De­gabriele and Joseph Mbong.

The rest are com­plete new­com­ers, all com­ing up the ranks in their re­spec­tive clubs and the national teams’ set-up.

The four play­ers who were dropped by Vella from his pro­vi­sional list were goal­keeper Jamie Az­zopardi, de­fender Iousef Meli, mid­fielder Dy­lan Agius and for­ward Ja­cob Walker.

In the qual­i­fy­ing phase to this year’s Cham­pi­onship, Cyprus fin­ished bot­tom of Group Eight on four points from eight matches.

They drew 2-2 at Be­larus be­fore beat­ing Tur­key 1-0 away.

Vella’s new Un­der-21 squad is the fol­low­ing:

Goal­keep­ers: Jake Galea (St.An­drew’s), Philip Schranz (Tarx­ien R)

De­fend­ers: Karl Mi­callef (Pi­eta H), Kurt Zam­mit (Tarx­ien R), Dun­stin Vella (Hiber­ni­ans), Daniel Buckle (Hiber­ni­ans), Chris­tian De­gabriele (Pi­eta H), Sean Cipri­ott (Balzan)

Mid­field­ers: Zachary Scerri (Gzira U), Juan Cor­bolan (Gzira U), Jake Grech (Ham­run S), James Brin­cat (Birkirkara), Dex­ter Xuereb (Mosta), Neil Pace Cocks (Pi­eta H).

For­wards: Jur­gen Suda (Val­letta), Jur­gen De­gabriele (Hiber­ni­ans), Joseph Mbong (Hiber­ni­ans), Kyr­ian Nwoko (St.An­drew’s)

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