National squad starts final preparation ahead of Gibraltar friendly

ghedin-in-bulgariaA twenty-six man squad is currently in its final stages of preparation ahead of next week’s friendly match against Gibraltar in programme at the Estadio Algarve in Faro/Loupe in Portugal on Wednesday.

There were some slight changes from the provisional squad named by coach Pietro Ghedin. However new faces Ishmael Grech of Mosta, Steve Pisani of Floriana and Jean Paul Farrugia of Hibernians were retained.

Birkirkara’s Gareth Sciberras and Ryan Scicluna will not make the trip to Portugal while Roderick Briffa will be back.

The players selected by Ghedin are:
goalkeepers Justin Haber (Birkirkara), Andrew Hogg (Kalloni), Nicky Vella (Valletta), Glenn Zammit (Sliema);
defenders Andrei Agius (Aprilia), Steve Bezzina (Balzan), Steve Borg (Valletta), Ryan Camilleri (Hibs), Jonathan Caruana (Valletta), Clayton Failla (Hibs), Edward Herrera (Birkirkara), Alex Muscat (Sliema), Ishmael Grech (Mosta);
midfielders Shaun Bajada (Valletta), Roderick Briffa (Valletta), Paul Fenech (Birkirkara), Ryan Fenech (Valletta), Bjorn Kristensen (Hibs), John Mintoff (Sliema), Rowen Muscat (Birkirkara), Steve Pisani (Floriana), Andre Schembri (Omonia Nicosia);
forwards Michael Mifsud (unattached), Jean Paul Farrugia (Hibs), Terence Vella (Birkirkara).

Photo: Copyright © Paul Zammit Cutajar