National team coach John Buttigieg named the provisional squad for next Wednesday’s international friendly match against FYR Macedonia. The game, which will be played at the National Stadium, kick-off at 20:00, will serve as preparation for the team ahead of the EURO 2012 qualifiers in programme in the first week of September against Israel away from home and Latvia at Ta’ Qali.
There are four uncapped players in the squad, namely goalkeeper Anthony Curmi of Tarxien, Birkirkara defender Joseph Zerafa, Sliema midfielder John Mintoff and Floriana striker Christian Caruana. The squad includes two foreign-based players Andrei Agius and Daniel Bogdanovic who play for Cassino and Sheffield United respectively.
The players selected by Buttigieg and his assistant Carmel Busuttil are:
Malta squad for friendly match against Macedonia on August 11
goalkeepers Anthony Curmi (Tarxien R.), Andrew Hogg (Valletta), Mario Muscat (Hibernians);
defenders Andrei Agius (Cassino – ITA), Shaun Bajada (Birkirkara), Jonathan Caruana (Valletta), Edward Herrera (Hibernians), Carlo Mamo (Marsaxlokk), Joseph Zerafa (Birkirkara)
midfielders Roderick Briffa (Valletta), Clayton Failla (Sliema W.), Paul Fenech (Birkirkara), Ryan Fenech (Hamrun S.), Massimo Grima (Hamrun S.), John Mintoff (Sliema W.), Jamie Pace (Valletta), Kevin Sammut (Valletta), Gareth Sciberras (Marsaxlokk);
forwards Daniel Bogdanovic (Sheffield U.), Christian Caruana (Floriana), Trevor Cilia (Birkirkara), Andrew Cohen (Hibernians), Michael Mifsud, Ivan Woods (Sliema W.).
Meanwhile FYR Macedonia coach Mirsad Jonuz also announced the squad for this game.
The 18-man squad is made up of:
goalkeepers Tome Pacovski (Germinal Beerschot – BEL), Edin Nuredinoski (Ethnikos Achnas – CYP);
defenders Vance Sikov (Ethnikos Achnas – CYP), Boban Grncarov (APOEL – CYP), Igor Mitreski (Neftçi – AZE), Nikolce Noveski (Mainz 05 – GER);
midfielders Armend Alimi (Iskra 1961 – CRO), Vlade Lazarevski (Lokomotiv Astana – KAZ), Goran Popov (Dinamo Kyiv – UKR), Slavco Georgievski (Neftçi – AZE), Mario Gjurovski (Vojvodina – SER), Velice Sumulikoski, Filip Despotovski;
forwards Goran Pandev (Inter – ITA), Ivan Trickovski (APOEL – CYP), Besart Ibraimi (Schalke 04 – GER), Ilco Naumoski (SV Mattersburg – AUT), Aco Stojkov (FC Aarau – SWI).
Missing from the squad are Goce Sedloski. Aleksandar Todorovski, Vlatko Grozdanoski, Mensur Kurtisi and Dusan Savic.
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