Mellie?a Sports Club will be celebrating the 50th anniversary since taking part in competitions organised by the Malta Football Association for the first time. This was announced by Mellieha SC president Alfred Vella Borg, during a press conference.
This summer, the team was strengthened with the signing of Keith Fenech (Qormi), William Borg (Rabat), Wayne Buttigieg (M?arr) and David Cauchi (Mosta). Wayne Borg St John and Albert Aquilina are back with the club after spending last season on loan with Lija and Birkirkara respectively. Mellieha’s two foreigners will be Englishman Phil Taylor and Brazilian Thiago.
Vella Borg said that over these fifty years, the club had also managed to play in the Premeir League, describing the period 1998-2003 as the golden years. A period during which the club secured three consecutive promotions. He said that now the club boasts excellent facilities and these will hopefully be complemented with good results on the field of play.
The Mellieha president thanked the sponsors, committee members and all those who dedicate their time for the club.
Club secretary Sunny Abela said that following last season’s disappointment, the club is now determined to make up for last year’s disappointing results and is confident Mellieha will do better this season.
New Mellieha coach Jojo Bajada said he is glad with the players at his disposal and the commitment and dedication show so far by the squad which is relatively young with an average age of 24. Bajada said the club have enough players which could lead the team to be among the main challengers for promotion.
Former player and coach Dennis Fenech, who has now been appointed as technical director, said the fact that a number of former players are back with the club encourage all to work harder to give their very best for their home town. Goalkeepers’ coach Joe Cauchi also praised the commitment shown by the players so far.
Mayor Robert Cutajar, who is a member of the club’s managerial board, stressed that the club will be working on a more professional structure for the club. Besides infrastructural developments which include a gym, Mellieha players could now benefit from the services of a nutritionist, psychologist and professional physiotherapist.
Cutajar thanked the sponsors and wished that the current enthusiasm will continue to reign among the players throughout the season.
The club’s sponsors are LightHouse and Ashley, Zarb Coaches, Powerade, Kazouki Beauty Clinic, Transforma Spa, Nike and Urban Jungle.