A ten men squad led by club President Mario Vella departed for a long journey early on Wednesday, destination Skopje, the Macedonian capital that will host the UEFA Futsal Cup Preliminary round Group F.
The newly formed Futsal team has high hopes of extending the recent positive results obtained in last year’s UEFA Futsal Cup which was held at the Cottonera Sports Complex.
Last year ZC Excess represented Malta against the Futsal Champions of Finland, Denmark and Albania, claiming four points – a win and a draw. Hopefully the results and the performances will be pretty much like last year’s and the new team led by Romanian-born Florin Anton has all the potential to reach the pre-established targets.
Excess RP Bidnija is a merger between last season’s Champions and River Plate Bidnija as team manager Nathaniel Jones explains: “We embarked on this merger with the intention to be a stronger team in the local MFA Championship. We are positive about an acceptable performance here in Skopje in the UEFA Futsal Cup.”
Jones explained that ZC Excess players namely Clint Cope, Carlos Scicluna, Florin Anton and keeper Brian Baldacchino have opted to stay at Excess and be part of this new team.
“After our amalgamation we decided to start immediately our preparation for the UEFA Futsal Cup, and I personally would like to win six points and surpass the great achievement of Malta’s representatives of last years.”
Excess RP Bidnija Team Manager remarked that it will be a very difficult tournament for the Malta team due to the fact that the other three teams in our group possess professional players.
“Our administration strongly believes in the potential and experience of our players. We have elements like Alexander Ribic (ex Naxxar Motors) and Vojko Martinov who have already tasted the UEFA Futsal Cup experience in the past with Hibernians FC and this is surely a boost for the rest of the squad.”
Excess RP Bidnija UEFA Futsal Cup 2011 Group F Fixtures:
Thursday 18th Aug vs KMF Zelezarec Skopje (Macedonia)
Friday 19th Aug vs CF Eindhoven (Holland)
Sunday 21st August vs Istanbul Üniversitesi SK (Turkey)