Malta Summer Cup: Second win for Balzan in Group A

| July 24th, 2014 | No Comments »

luxol-stadiumPietà Hotspurs registered a comfortable win over Qormi while Balzan claimed their second win, defeating Naxxar Lions in two matches from Group A of The Convenience Shop Malta Summer Cup 2014 at the Luxol Stadium on Wednesday.

In the first game, newly-promoted Pietà Hotspurs defeated Qormi FC 4-1. Kyle Cesare put the Hotspurs ahead one minute from the end of the first half. The same player doubled the score on 52 minutes and five minutes later, Kossingou Balamandji made it 3-0. Rafael Xavier increased the lead further for the Hotspurs but Fábio Miguel Malheiro Paím converted a penalty for Qormi two minutes from time to score a consolation goal.

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Malta Football Association to focus on Football Social Responsibility

| July 23rd, 2014 | 1 Comment »

NDD-at-AGM2014MFA President Norman Darmanin Demajo announced that the Malta Football Association needed to start thinking about giving something back to the community, saying that it will be supporting organisations like the Community Chest Fund and Puttinu Cares, while addressing the association’s Annual General Meeting which was held on Tuesday at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Floriana.

Darmanin Demajo said this was the end of the fourth year, of the current administration, which brought to an end the chapter which saw the administration focus on what was the main priority – the development of infrastructure. He said this was the biggest challenge and four years later, almost all clubs have adequate training facilities. Thanks to this project, the association laid a solid foundation at grassroots level which in his opinion was a remarkable achievement.

The MFA President said that to continue the revolution that the current administration had started four years ago, the association now had to invest more in its infrastructure. He said that at Ta’ Qali, the MFA was sitting on a good footprint which could be developed thanks to partnerships or sponsors. This plan would enable the association to maximise its income by making full use of this footprint which would therefore enable it to have an even more solid financial basis. Darmanin Demajo said that football and commercialisation cannot be kept apart, both at the level of the clubs and at the association.

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UEFA Under-17 Championship was a good advert for the game

| July 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Bjorn-Vassall-at-AGM2014MFA Chief Executive Officer Bjorn Vassallo said the UEFA Under-17 Championship finals which were held in Malta last May was a good advert for the game and it managed to draw wide participation; players did their best and enjoyed an excellent experience. UEFA was extremely satisfied with the organisation of the event and has now entrusted Malta with the organisation of the Top Executive Programme – a meeting which will be held in September 2015.

Vassallo was speaking during the presentation of the Administrative Report of the Malta Football Association which was then approved in the Annual General Meeting which was held on Tuesday. He spoke mainly on the fight against match-fixing, statute and regulations, the MFA Technical Centre, Referees Department, facilities and the various incentives for clubs and member associations.

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MFA reports an income of over €7.4 million

| July 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Ivan-Mizzi-at-AGM2014The Malta Football Association reported an income of €7,445,097 during season 2013/14. This emerged from the presentation of the Audited Accounts and Balance Sheet of the association by MFA Honorary Treasurer Ivan Mizzi during the Annual General Meeting which was held on Tuesday.

Income from the Administrative sector decreased from €4.2 million the previous year to €2.6 million as the association had received €1 million from the UEFA HatTrick Investment Programme and €0.5 million from the UEFA Grassroots Charter last year. Expenditure, on the other hand, was more or less the same – €1.6 million this year compared to €1.7 last year. The surplus of income over expenditure before depreciation was €977,345.

Income from the National Teams Sector increased considerably from €2.8 million last year to €4.2 million this year mainly due to a contribution of €1.4 million by UEFA for the organisation of the UEFA Under-17 Championship. Expenditure increased by around €0.7 million over the past year from €1.7 million to €2.4 million mainly due to increase of travelling and accomodation from €0.6 million to €1.1 million. The surplus of income over expenditure amounted to €1.8 million.

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Joe Sammut, Michael Cutajar elected to Executive Committee

| July 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

MFA-HeadquartersJoe Sammut of Pietà Hotspurs and Michael Cutajar of St. George’s were elected to the Executive Committee of the Malta Football Association to represent Member Clubs in general during the association’s Annual General Meeting which was held on Tuesday at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Floriana.

This was the only election necessary for the Ordinary Members of the Executive Committee as the number of candidates for the other posts of Ordinary Members were equal to the number of vacancies.

Seven candidates were in the run for the two seats of Council Members in representation of Member Clubs in general in the Executive Committee. Joe Sammut obtained 70 votes while Michael Cutajar beat Paul Spiteri of Valletta by just one vote, 37 to 36; Stephen Abela of Hibernians obtained 24 votes, Mauro Miceli of Swieqi United 20 and Johann Vella of Sta. Venera Lightings 15 votes.

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Two players sent off as Valletta lose 4-0 in Baku

| July 22nd, 2014 | 5 Comments »

UEFA-Champions-LeagueValletta ended in nine men as they suffered a 4-0 defeat to FK Qarabagh in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round at the Tofig Bahramov Republican Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan. A defeat which brings to an end Maltese clubs’ adventure in UEFA compettions with a rather miserable record – just one draw in eight matches.

The Citizens were eliminated with a 5-0 aggregate score following the 0-1 defeat at Ta’ Qali while Qarabagh reach the third qualifying round where they will be facing FC Red Bull Salzburg of Austria.

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Lija Athletic raise funds for Hospice Malta

| July 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

lija-presentation-hospice2014Following a fund-raising activity held at Lija Athletic F.C. at the end of last season (2013-2014) between club players, coaches and members of the committee a substantial donation of €350 was passed over to Hospice Malta.

Hospice Malta caters for around 900 patients and their families who suffer from cancer or neurological diseases. They provide palliative care and provide all services free of charge.

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Vacancy for coach at Floriana FC Nursery

| July 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

floriana-nurseryFloriana FC Nursery currently has a vacancy for a coach for the Under-12 side.

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