Far­ru­gia names squad for Kosovo, Faroe Is­lands matches

Malta Independent - - Sport -

Malta coach Ray Far­ru­gia has named a squad of 26 play­ers for the fi­nal UEFA Na­tions League Group D3 matches against Kosovo and Faroe Is­lands, both be­ing played at the Na­tional Sta­dium on Novem­ber 17 and 20 re­spec­tively.

De­fender Zach Mus­cat, who plays for Ital­ian Serie C club Pis­toiese, and winger Luke Gam­bin, cur­rently on the books of English League Two side Craw­ley Town, are mak­ing a re­turn to the na­tional team’s fold af­ter both missed last month’s away matches against Kosovo and Azer­bai­jan.

Hiber­ni­ans mid­fielder Dun­stan Vella and Kyr­ian Nwoko, the Val­letta striker, both key mem­bers of the Malta Un­der-21 team that con­cluded their 2019 UEFA Un­der-21 Cham­pi­onship Group Six qual­i­fiers with a 2-1 win over Hun­gary and a 1-1 draw against Cyprus, have earned a call-up to the se­nior squad.

Vella and Nwoko join for­mer Malta Un­der-21 team-mates Joseph Mbong (Hiber­ni­ans), Juan Cor­balan (Gżira United) and Jake Grech (Birkirkara), with the lat­ter three play­ers hav­ing been part of the se­nior squad for last month’s UEFA Na­tions League games away to Kosovo (1-3) and Azer­bai­jan (1-1).

Far­ru­gia, who has also awarded a re­call to ex­pe­ri­enced Val­letta de­fender Jonathan Caru­ana, ex­plained that he and his coach­ing team have se­lected 26 play­ers as de­fend­ers Andrei Agius, of Hiber­ni­ans, and Steve Borg, of Val­letta, are sus­pended for the Novem­ber 17 game against Kosovo while there are also a num­ber of play­ers with one yel­low card.

“We have called 26 play­ers as Andrei and Steve will miss the match against Kosovo due to sus­pen­sion and we have other play­ers who are one yel­low card,” Far­ru­gia told www.mfa.com.mt.

“We have se­lected play­ers who bring dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties to the team to en­hance our ver­sa­til­ity as these two games are likely to pro­vide dif­fer­ent chal­lenges based on the char­ac­ter­is­tics of Kosovo and Faroe Is­lands.

“Zach Mus­cat and Luke Gam­bin are back in the squad, which is a pos­i­tive thing for us, and we have also called two more young play­ers, Dun­stan Vella and Kyr­ian Nwoko, who al­ready know the set-up as they were with us for the train­ing camp in Aus­tria in May.

“There is also a re­call for Jonathan Caru­ana who brings a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence at in­ter­na­tional level.”

Malta host Kosovo, the lead­ers of Group D3 with eight points, on Satur­day, Novem­ber 17 (kick-off 18.00) fol­lowed three days later by an­other home match against Faroe Is­lands (kick-off 20.45).

In their last out­ing, Malta held Azer­bai­jan to a 1-1 draw at the Olympic Sta­dium in Baku.

MALTA SQUAD GOAL­KEEP­ERS

Henry Bonello (Val­letta); An­drew Hogg (Hiber­ni­ans); Steve Sul­tana (Balzan).

DE­FEND­ERS

Andrei Agius (Hiber­ni­ans)*; Fer­di­nando Apap (Vic­to­ria Hot­spurs); Steve Borg (Val­letta)*; Ryan Camil­leri (Val­letta); Jonathan Caru­ana (Val­letta); Clay­ton Failla (Flo­ri­ana); Joseph Mbong (Hiber­ni­ans); Zach Mus­cat (US Pis­toiese, Italy); Joseph Zer­afa (Val­letta).

MID­FIELD­ERS

Rod­er­ick Briffa (Gżira United); Juan Cor­balan (Gżira United); Paul Fenech (Birkirkara); Jake Grech (Birkirkara); Bjorn Kris­tensen (Hiber­ni­ans); Rowen Mus­cat (Val­letta); Stephen Pisani (Flo­ri­ana); Dun­stan Vella (Hiber­ni­ans).

FOR­WARDS

An­drew Co­hen (Gżira United); Al­fred Ef­fiong (Balzan); Luke Gam­bin (Craw­ley Town, Eng­land); Michael Mif­sud (Birkirkara); Kyr­ian Nwoko (Val­letta); An­drè Schem­bri (Apol­lon Li­mas­sol, Cyprus).

*Andrei Agius and Steve Borg are sus­pended for the Kosovo match but will be el­i­gi­ble to play against Faroe Is­lands

TICKET INFO

The sale of tick­ets for the UEFA Na­tions League matches against Kosovo and Faroe Is­lands is un­der­way.

The match ticket prices are €10 for the West Stand (chil­dren – €5) and €5 for the Mil­len­nium Stand (chil­dren – €2).

Match tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line by click­ing on this link:

https://www.mfa.com.mt/en/ prod­ucts.htm

Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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