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Age records in MFA senior leagues 2018/19
Jun 28, 2019
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  • Ashannaffii Tadese
  • Mattia Veselji
  • Michael Mifsud
  • Ibrahim Tarek
  • Emerson Spiteri
  • Liam Falzon
  • Paul Camilleri
  • Kenneth Abela

Youngest and oldest players during MFA senior season 2018/19

During the MFA’s football season 2018/19 there were nine 14 and 15-year-olds recorded in the senior leagues. Like last season, the youngest one appeared in the Third Division. This time, it was Ethiopian born talent Ashannaffii Lemi Tadese, who plays for Kirkop United. The midfielder made a late 87th minute substitute appearance in Kirkop’s Match Day 21 encounter against Gharghur on 6 April. With that appearance, Tadese became the youngest player in the senior MFA leagues season 2018/19. Kirkop made use of another young player last season, 15-year-old Quelin Micallef, who also made one substitute appearance.


There was another 14-year-old player making an appearance in a senior league. This was Marsa’s Emerson Spiteri, who made a 52nd minute substitute appearance on Marsa’s last Match Day against Naxxar Lions. He was therefore the youngest player in the 1st Division last season. Marsa also introduced two 15-year-olds last season, Brandon Cassar and Jean Chris Buttigieg.


Furthermore, there were four more 15-year-olds making their debut in the MFA senior leagues. Traditionally, Mtarfa introduced some young players, this time with Danjel Grima and Jake Penza, with the former making the left-back position his own throughout the season. Gharghur goalkeeper Isaac Aquilina made a substitute appearance in their 3rd Division team, while Shamison Buttigieg made an appearance in Zebbug Rangers’ 1st Division match against Marsa in March this year.

Mattia Veselji made two substitute appearances for St.Andrews at the start of the season and was therefore the youngest player in the Premier Division. He was the only 16-year-old introduced in the MPL last season. Liam Falzon became the youngest player in the 2nd Division. He made two substitute appearances for Marsaxlokk last season, aged only 16 years and 175 days, which was 42 days younger than Melita’s Karl Mohnani. The Malta National U17 team captain played in 19 senior  matches.

Youngest (14 and 15 years old)
Ashannaffii Lemi Tadese (Kirkop Utd, 3rd Div) vs Gharghur (6 April 2019); 14 years & 65 days
Emerson Spiteri (Marsa, 1st Div) vs Naxxar Lions (28 April 2019); 14 years & 195 days
Quelin Micallef (Kirkop United, 3rd Div) vs Marsaskala (30 March 2019); 15 years & 27 days
Jean Christ Buttigieg (Marsa, 1st Div) vs Naxxar Lions (28 April 2019); 15 years & 122 days
Brandon Cassar (Marsa, 1st Div) vs Zejtun Corinthians (14 April 2019); 15 years & 192 days
Jake Penza (Mtarfa, 3rd Div) vs Mdina Knights (13 April 2019); 15 years & 258 days
Shamison Buttigieg (Zebbug Rangers, 1st Div) vs Marsa (29 March 2019); 15 years & 286 days
Isaac Aquilina (Gharghur, 3rd Div) vs Zurrieq (10 March 2019); 15 years & 290 days
Danjel Grima (Mtarfa, 3rd Div) vs Xghajra Tornados (20 October 2018); 15 years & 320 days


TOP 3 EACH DIVISION
BOV PREMIER DIVISION
Mattia Veselji (St.Andrews) vs Mosta (18 August 2018); 16 years & 157 days
Jake Ghio (Pieta’ Hotspurs) vs Senglea Athletic (21 September 2018); 17 years & 13 days
Isaac Galea (Floriana) vs Tarxien Rainbows (26 April 2019); 17 years & 110 days

 

BOV 1st DIVISION
Emerson Spiteri (Marsa) vs Naxxar Lions (28 April 2019); 14 years & 195 days
Jean Christ Buttigieg (Marsa) vs Naxxar Lions (28 April 2019); 15 years & 122 days
Brandon Cassar (Marsa) vs Zejtun Corinthians (14 April 2019); 15 years & 192 days

BOV 2nd DIVISION
Liam Falzon (Marsaxlokk) vs Santa Venera Lightnings (14 April 2019); 16 years & 175 days
Karl Mohnani (Melita) vs Zabbar St.Patrick (15 September 2018); 16 years & 217 days
Luke Mifsud (Mellieha) vs Lija Athletic (FA Trophy, 2 December 2018); 16 years & 324 days

BOV 3rd DIVISION
Ashannaffii Lemi Tadese (Kirkop United) vs Gharghur (6 April 2019); 14 years & 65 days
Quelin Micallef (Kirkop United) vs Marsaskala (30 March 2019); 15 years & 27 days
Jake Penza (Mtarfa) vs Mdina Knights (13 April 2019); 15 years & 258 days

 

 

OLDEST

There where eleven players active in the senior leagues who have passed the age of 40. The oldest player overall was, for the second time running, Ibrahim Tarek. The powerful Egyptian born striker, was 47 years of age when he appeared for Zurrieq last season. Although he only played three matches, he scored three goals, including a brace in their match against Ta’ Xbiex (4-0).

In the same 3rd Division, Mtarfa player-coach Haruna Doda made a come-back after four seasons of inactivity, a period in which he concentrated on coaching. The Nigerian born ex-Birkirkara, Hibernians and Marsaxlokk player, who played also professionally in Portugal before coming to Malta, made eight appearances for Mtarfa, scoring two goals.

With 43 years, Kenneth Abela is third in the ranking but he plays his football in the 1st Division for Qrendi, two levels higher than Tarek and Doda. The nippy striker is still going strong and expects to be active again next season in the same Division, targeting the 300 appearances in the 1st Division.

Michael Mifsud became the oldest player active in the Premier League. The Birkirkara and Malta National Team striker, club Top Scorer with ten goals, was the only 38-year-old in the MPL last season, slightly older then Gzira United duo Andrew Cohen and goalkeeper Justin Haber.

Paul Camilleri of Birzebbuga St.Peter’s was again combining coaching, assisting head coach Kenneth Costantino, and playing in his side’s 2nd Division team. In his 26th active season, Camilleri made nine appearances, mostly from the substitutes bench. He was therefore the oldest active player in the BOV 2nd Division last season.



Oldest (over 40)
Ibrahim Tarek (Zurrieq, 3rd Div) vs Ta’ Xbiex (30 September 2018: 47 years & 295 days
Haruna Doda (Mtarfa, 3rd Div) vs Gharghur (30 March 2019); 44 years & 73 days
Kenneth Abela (Qrendi, 1st Div) vs Zejtun Corinthians (28 April 2019); 43 years & 341 days
Ludvic Fardell (Ghaxaq, 3rd Div) vs Dingli Swallows (13 April 2019); 42 years & 50 days
Jamie Pace (Vittoriosa Stars, 1st Div) vs Mqabba (20 January 2019); 42 years & 20 days
Elton Caruana (Marsaskala, 3rd Div) vs Attard (13 April 2019); 41 years & 300 days
Noel Tabone (Ghaxaq, 3rd Div) vs Dingli Swallows (13 April 2019); 41 years & 111 days
William Barbosa (Ghaxaq, 3rd Div) vs Gharghur (10 November 2018); 40 years & 161 days
Dino Cachia (Pembroke Athleta, 1st Div) vs Zebbug Rangers (26 April 2019); 40 years & 134 days
Paul Camilleri (B’Buga St.Peter’s, 2nd Div) vs St.George’s (20 April 2019); 40 years & 38 days
Adrian Pulis (Xghajra Tornados, 3rd Div) vs Kirkop United (13 April 1019), 40 years & 14 days

TOP 3 EACH DIVISION
BOV PREMIER DIVISION
Michael Mifsud (Birkirkara) vs Balzan (FA Trophy SF, 11 May 2019); 38 years & 24 days
Andrew Cohen (Gzira United) vs Valletta (FA Trophy, 12 May 2019); 37 years & 364 days
Justin Haber (Gzira United ) vs Valletta (FA Trophy, 12 May 2019), 37 years & 340 days

BOV 1st DIVISION
Kenneth Abela (Qrendi) vs Zejtun Corinthians (28 April 2019); 43 years & 341 days
Jamie Pace (Vittoriosa Stars) vs Mqabba (20 January 2019); 42 years & 20 days
Dino Cachia (Pembroke Athleta) vs Zebbug Rangers (26 April 2019); 40 years & 134 days

BOV 2nd DIVISION
Paul Camilleri (B’Buga St.Peter’s) vs St.George’s (20 April 2019); 40 years & 38 days
Matthew Camilleri (Kalkara) vs Mgarr United (20 April 2019): 39 years & 228 days
Christian Grech (St.George’s) vs Fgura United (26 April 2019); 39 years & 72 days

BOV 3rd DIVISION
Ibrahim Tarek (Zurrieq) vs Ta’ Xbiex (30 September 2018: 47 year & 295 days
Haruna Doda (Mtarfa) vs Gharghur (30 March 2019); 44 years & 73 days
Ludvic Fardell (Ghaxaq) vs Dingli Swallows (13 April 2019); 42 years & 50 days

Article images by Stephen Gatt, Domenic Aquilina, Walter Sargent & Anthony Cassar

 

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