Malta Football Association
Cohen’s move to Gżira United steals limelight on deadline day
Feb 1, 2017
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Andrew Cohen has 65 Malta caps. Photo: Paul Zammit Cutajar
Andrew Cohen has 65 Malta caps. Photo: Paul Zammit Cutajar

  • Andrew Cohen has 65 Malta caps. Photo: Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Andrew Cohen in action for Malta against Croatia.
  • Andrew Cohen after signing for Gżira United. Photo:  Facebook

Andrew Cohen’s move to Gżira United was arguably the most eye-catching transfer on deadline day yesterday.

The veteran playmaker, widely regarded as one of the most talented Maltese players of the past two decades, decided to end his long association with Hibernians, spanning 25 years, to take up a new challenge with Gżira United.


In a post on his Facebook page, Cohen described his decision to leave Hibernians, with whom he has won several honours, as the “hardest” ever.


“After 25 years playing for this club, it is time for me to move on,” Cohen wrote on his Facebook page earlier today.


“It was the hardest decision taken in all my life but I needed to look forward for my future and not only as a player but even in the coaching department.


“My wish was always to finish my career here with Hibs and continue working for this club but at the moment this wasn’t possible.”


Cohen, who has 65 caps for Malta, singled out Johnny Agius and Tony Bezzina, the president of Hibernians, as the two most influential persons in his long career with the Paolites.


“I owe most of my success to these two great persons. Mr Johnny Agius, the person who always followed me and took care of me during hard and difficult times in the nursery. You were my stepping stone. 

“Mr Tony Bezzina. In football, I consider him as my father and I can’t stop thanking him for what he did to me and to this club. He is the man everyone should look up to and an example of a true gentleman. I will miss you big time pres.”


Cohen saluted the Hibs supporters, thanking them for their support and loyalty.


“Finally, the most emotional part in these past 2 days,” Cohen, 35, wrote.


“I knew that you people of Paola and Hibs supporters loved me but I never imagined how much I meant for you and what you did in these days just not to let me go.


“I won lot of honours with the team and even individual but today I realised that I won the biggest thing in my life. I have won Paola’s people respect. 


“I look forward to my new adventure and I promise you that you will always stay in my heart and maybe one day we will work again together.”


Meanwhile, the MFA Registrations Department, led by Ivan Calamatta and Karl Sciortino, had their hands full on Tuesday with some clubs just managing to beat the midnight deadline to sign new players.


With the MFA Registrations Office open until midnight, a number of clubs took advantage of the extended hours with BOV Premier League club Mosta completing the signings of three players just before the deadline.


Identity Malta officials were also at the MFA offices on both Monday and Tuesday to process work-permit applications of non-EU players.

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