Malta Football Association
‘We will give our best... we want to win’ – Ghedin
Oct 4, 2017
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Photos: Joe Borg/MFA
Photos: Joe Borg/MFA

  • Photos: Joe Borg/MFA
  • Photos: Joe Borg/MFA
  • Photos: Joe Borg/MFA

National coach Pietro Ghedin has high hopes that Malta can pick up their first point in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign when they host Lithuania on Thursday at the National Stadium (kick-off 20.45) despite losing three key players, strikers Michael Mifsud and Jean Paul Farrugia, and midfielder Bjorn Kristensen to injury.

“It’s very important to leave a good impression because we have zero points,” Ghedin told the pre-match news conference.


“We will try to gain one and work hard to obtain a victory if possible.


“We have a lot of problems as we are missing several players due to injuries.


“Lithuania are a strong team. I watched many matches of Lithuania and they improved a lot.


“They are having a good tournament and have several players who play abroad.


“We will try to give our best... we want to win.”


The encounter with Lithuania is Malta’s final home qualifier and the general perception is that this is our last realistic chance of getting our first points on board after eight consecutive defeats. Lithuania have five points but have lost their last five qualifiers.


They beat Malta 2-0 in Vilnius with two late goals last year.


Ghedin said that injuries and the suspension of midfielder Ryan Fenech mean that he has to make some changes to the team.


“The shape of the team will remain more or less the same. We will change some players because of the injury problems,” the Italian, who last week announced that the Lithuania and Slovakia qualifiers will be his last as Malta coach, said.


“We lost Bjorn Kristensen, Jean Paul Farrugia and Michael Mifsud. They are first-choice players but I’m confident that the other players will have a good game. They are up to it.


“This is life, you have to accept these things. There is no point crying on these difficulties, you have to move on.”

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