Woods names provisional Under-21 squad for Kazakhstan qualifier

Malta’s Under 21 national football team is poised for another challenge as they prepare for the qualifiers against Kazakhstan for the upcoming Under 21 championship.

Coach Ivan Woods, has today announced the provisional 30-man squad.  These matches will be hosted on home soil at the Tony Bezzina Stadium, with the first fixture against Kazakhstan scheduled for November 16th, followed by a clash against Lithuania just three days later, both kicking off at 18:00.

The squad includes four fresh faces, indicating the coach’s commitment to nurturing young talent. Birkirkara’s Matteo Gambin, Zejtun Corinthians’ Bjorn Buhagiar, Gudja’s Shaisen Attard, and Jamie Scerri of Swieqi United have all earned their spots in the provisional lineup.

In addition to these exciting newcomers, the squad also marks the return of Reading’s Basil Tuma, who was absent during the last international window.

The provisional squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS – Dylan Ciappara (Mosta FC), Reeves Cini (Pietà Hotspurs FC), Matthias Debono (Naxxar Lions FC), Hugo Sacco (Eastern New Mexico Univ. – USA)

DEFENDERS – Matthew Ellul (Żabbar St.Patrick FC), Zean Leonardi (Pietà Hotspurs FC), Mattias Ellul (Santa Lucia FC), Owen Spiteri (Floriana FC), Isaac Cutajar (Pietà Hotspurs FC), Deacon Abela (Swieqi United FC)

MIDFIELDERS – Jake Micallef (Leixoes S.C. – POR), Kurt Bondin (Żebbuġ Rangers FC), Andrew Borg (Gżira United FC), Bjorn Buhagiar (Żejtun Corinthians FC), Nick Cutajar (Melita FC), Nathan Agius (Mosta FC), Gianluca Sciberras (Mosta FC), Aleandro Garzia (Floriana FC), Kurt Briffa (Pietà Hotspurs FC), Matteo Gambin (Birkirkara FC), Karl Mohnani (Melita FC), Nikolai Micallef ((Naxxar Lions FC)

FORWARDS – Mattia Veselji (Floriana FC), Andrea Zammit (A.S.C. Messina – ITA), Jake Engerer (Sliema Wanderers FC), Jamie Scerri (Swieqi United FC), Shaisen Attard (Gudja United FC), Jed Valletta (Santa Lucia FC), Brooklyn Borg (Gżira United FC), Basil Tuma (Reading FC – ENG)