The Malta futsal team, led by coach Peter Pullicino, will head to Bulgaria this Sunday ahead of their participation in a Futsal Euro 2018 Preliminary Round tournament.
Malta has been drawn in Group D along with England, Albania and Bulgaria with the matches scheduled to be played between Tuesday, January 24 and Friday, January 27 at the Palace of Culture & Sports in Varna.
The Maltese contingent will be headed by Mark Borg, the president of Futsal Malta and MFA Executive Committee member.
Malta’s first game is against England on Tuesday, starting at 4.30pm (Maltese time).
On Wednesday, Pullicino’s team face hosts Bulgaria at 7pm before concluding their group commitments with a match against Albania next Friday (kick-off 4.30pm).
The referees for this four-team tournament are Barton Josip, from Macedonia, Hora Hennadly, from Ukraine, Jaruchiewicz Damian, from Poland, and Estonian Osomkov Grigori.
The squad called up by national futsal coach Peter Pullicino is as follows:
Goalkeepers – Neil Cuschieri (Valletta FC), Matthew Xerxen (Luxol FC).
Defenders – Melvin Borg (Valletta FC), Nicola Del Re (Luxol FC), Jovicia Milijic (Valletta FC), Giancarlo Sammut (Luxol FC), Mark Zammit (Luxol FC).
Forwards – Karl Azzopardi (Luxol FC), Matthew Attard (Luxol FC), Glenn Bonello (Luxol FC), George Frendo (Msida FC), Andy Mangion (Luxol FC), Dylan Musu (Valletta FC), Xavier Saliba (Valletta FC).
Head coach – Peter Pullicino; Team Manager – John Mizzi; Assistant coach – Zeljko Ancic; Team doctor – Daniel McKean; Physiotherapist – Adam Briffa; Kit Manager – Mark Sammut
photos (C) Joe Borg