Silvio Vella names squad for Under-21 friendlies

Malta Under-21 coach Silvio Vella has named a squad of 20 players for the two friendly matches against Turkmenistan on Friday 22nd March, 2019 and Kosovo four days later. 

The games will be played during a training camp in Antalya, Turkey, which is part of the Malta Under-21s’ preparations for the upcoming 2021 UEFA U-21 Group 8 qualifying campaign. Denmark, Romania, Ukraine, Finland and Northern Ireland are the other teams in Malta’s group.

There are five newcomers in the squad for this month’s training camp and friendlies, including midfielders Gary Camilleri, currently playing on loan with Senglea Athletic from Balzan, and Russel Fenech, currently turning out for BOV First Division leaders Sirens on loan from Valletta.

Other new additions in the squad are Sliema Wanderers forward Omar Elouni together with the two foreign-based players in this squad, Neil Frendo, who recently joined OFK Belgrade in Serbia, and Marcus Grima who is furthering his football experience with League One promotion contenders Barnsley.

The Malta Under-21 squad will depart for Turkey this coming Wednesday.

Photo: Copyright Joe Borg/MFA


GOALKEEPERS Timothy Aquilina (Sliema Wanderers), Andreas Vella (Mosta)

DEFENDERS Jean Borg (Valletta), Kurt Shaw (Sliema Wanderers), Connor Zammit (Hibernians), Zachary Cassar (Senglea Athletic), Michele Sansone (Sliema Wanderers), Nicholas Pulis (Valletta), Zachary Karl Grech (Pembroke Athleta).

MIDFIELDERSMyles Beerman (Gżira Utd), Gary Camilleri (Senglea Athletic), Neil Frendo (OFK Beograd), Marcus Grima (Barnsley), Russell Fenech (Sirens), David Xuereb (Hibernians), Aidan Jake Friggieri (St Andrews), Jan Busuttil (Pietà Hotspurs), Jan Tanti (San Ġwann).

FORWARDSZachary Brincat (Mosta), Omar Elouni (Sliema Wanderers).