Newly crowned BOV Gozo Football League Champions Victoria Hotspurs will face Nadur Youngsters in the final of the BOV GFA Cup Final being played on Sunday 5th May at the Gozo Stadium, kick-off at 15:00.
Team coaches and players met the media to share their views for the upcoming final, during a press conference organized by Bank of Valletta and the Gozo Football Association. They were accompanied by Dr Samuel Azzopardi, President of the Gozo Football Association and Horace Laudi, Chief Officer at Bank of Valletta.
“This is the second most prestigious honour of the season and a very coveted one,” said the GFA President. “We take this opportunity to thank our sponsors Bank of Valletta and also the MFA President Norman Darmanin Demajo, who just announced that he will not seek re-election for the support they have always shown us.”
“Bank of Valletta is a firm believer in the benefits of sports and its effect on the community,” said Horace Laudi. “We have been working closely with the Gozo Football Association to raise the profile of the game in Gozo and we are very please that this game is being transmitted live on local television for the first time.”
On Wednesday, Nadur Youngsters defeated Munxar Falcons 5-0 in the first semi-final. Marcelo Junior Barbosa converted a penalty on the 33rd and another on the 41st with Tristen Portelli increasing the lead three minutes in the second half. Marcelo Barbosa added another on the 55th with Nicholas Inguanez scoring a fifth goal six minutes from time.
“Nadur is a very ambitious team and we have built a very strong team this season,” said Nadur Youngsters coach Michael Vella. “We consider ourselves as the underdogs going into this final, however we have already beaten the Hotspurs’ this season and we are convinced that we have what it takes to win this major competition. “
In the other semi-final, Victoria Hotspurs beat Xewkija Tigers 4-1. Elton da Silva opened the scoring on the 11th minute and doubled the score on the 29th. The Brazilian increased the lead ten minutes in the second half and one minute later, Christian Mercieca made it 4-0. Rodney Buttigieg scored a consolation goal for the Tigers on the 62nd minute.
Victoria Hotspurs coach Gotthard Conti believes that his team is in very fine form. “This cup has eluded us since 1997 – we are in the best of forms this year, and we will be facing our biggest rivals this year during this final. This cup has eluded us since 1997 and we are in a prime position to break this negative record and lift the trophy this year.”
Victoria Hotspurs Captain Ferdinando Apap said “Although we have already beaten Nadur twice this season, we are not looking back at these statistics but will be doing our utmost for the double.”
Daniel Mateo Bustos in his first season in Gozitan Football said “This is the last match of the season and we do not want to finish this season without any honours. Following yesterday’s semifinal, we are already stepping up our preparations to bring this honour home.”
This final will also pit the league’s top scorers, Victoria’s Elton da Silva who is the competition’s scoring leader with 30 goals, followed closely by Nadur’s Marcelo Barbosa with 27 goals to his name.