A number of appointments within the national teams sector were confirmed during the meeting of the MFA Executive Committee on Thursday.
During the meeting, Devis Mangia, the Head Coach of the National Teams, explained his vision and plans, renewing his appeal for a collective and unified approach for the benefit not only of the national teams but Maltese football in general.
Mangia will be assisted by a group of experienced coaches as the members of his technical staff have been confirmed.
Davide Mazzotta and Guillermo Giacomazzi have been appointed assistant coaches of the senior national team.
Mazzotta has worked with Mangia at several clubs and was also part of Antonio Conte’s coaching team at Chelsea as video analyst. Giacomazzi spent most of his playing career with Italian club US Lecce and represented Uruguay at international level.
Alessandro Zinnari has taken up the role of technical co-ordinator of all the national team selections. Zinnari was part of Mangia’s technical staff at Universitatea Craiova in Romania.
The Malta FA is also in the process of recruiting a Maltese coach as Head of Football Development who will be overseeing the implementation of the defined game philosophy of the Technical Centre as part of the grassroots to the youth development pathway strategy.
In sync with the new approach for the national teams, the Malta FA has appointed four former players as team managers of the national selections from the U-17s to the senior team.
The team managers are Keith Fenech, who has played for a number of clubs, namely Birkirkara, Valletta, Qormi, Pietà Hotspurs, Rabat Ajax and Mellieħa, and former national team players David Camilleri, Edwin Camilleri and Charles Scerri.
Edwin Camilleri and Charles Scerri, both former Hibernians players, have made 50 and 65 appearances for the national team respectively and have already been part of the Malta FA technical set-up. Edwin Camilleri had served as Under-21 and Under-19 coach while Scerri had served as coach of the Under-17 national team.
David Camilleri, who spent most of his playing career with Ħamrun Spartans, has played 35 times for Malta.
Other appointments for the professional football club will be made in due course.