Five players were shortlisted for the MFA Footballer of the Year following a preliminary voting which was held on Tuesday at the MFA Headquarters, Ta’ Qali.
Four of the players are Valletta players, namely Gilbert Agius, Roderick Briffa, Jonathan Caruana and Denni Rocha Dos Santos. The other player is Marsaxlokk’s Gareth Sciberras.
In all, thirteen nominations had been submitted, the other players being Abubakar Bello-Osagie (Qormi), Tyrone Farrugia (Floriana), Ryan Fenech (Valletta), Emiliano Lattes (Birkirkara), Mario Muscat (Hibernians), Daniel Nwoke (Floriana) and Jorge Santos Silva (Vittoriosa).
Eligible to vote were ten Council Members representing the Clubs in the Premier Division, ten other Members of the Council and ten journalists.
Besides the votes obtained in this preliminary vote, players shall now be awarded points for appearances and penalised with points for misconduct. Points for appearances shall be awarded in connection with matches in the BOV Premier League, the U*BET FA Trophy and appearances with the national team.
Players shall be awarded three points for having taken part in a league or trophy match even if the player is substituted and two points for having taken part in a match as a substitute while they be penalised with one point for each yellow card and four points for each red card. Another point is deducted if the player was found guilty of misconduct before or after a match. Five points are awarded for having played a national team match or three if included as a substitute.
The total number of votes obtained by each of the five finalists from the Committee and the points awarded for appearances after demerit points are deducted for misconduct are then converted into a percentage of the total number of votes obtained by all the five players.
The new total would also include an extra point for each player for every time he won the Footballer of the Month Award.
The winner will be announced during the MFA Honours Ceremony which will be held on Friday 1st July.
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