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Keeper Jake Galea vying for another sterling Malta U21 performance
Sep 5, 2018
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Keeper Jake Galea and his future targets
Keeper Jake Galea and his future targets

Following a season of ups and downs with ─Žamrun Spartans, former St.Andrews keeper Jake Galea is relishing his new challenge this season with Sliema Wanderers, but now is focused on the Belgium game as he is determined to help the Malta Under 21 Team who are vying to obtain their first points in a very tough UEFA European Championship Qualifier Group 6.


On Friday we host a very strong Belgium side who are chasing qualification from the group.

They are at the moment level on points at the top of the table with Sweden with the latter having a much better goal difference.

 

Nonetheless this situation should not throw our players into extra panic, and after ten days of relentless training will be looking for a plucky performance and show no fear in front of some intense pressure expected from the Belgium players.

 

NEW CHALLENGE WITH SLIEMA WANDERERS

 

Asked about his new adventure with Sliema Wanderers Jake was clear, “the team has made huge steps forward this season, our aim is to challenge for the title, if that does not happen, we definitely want to qualify for Europe.

 

“First two games in Sliema colours were important for the club and myself, it was like a baptism of fire for myself, joining and after less than a week having to step in for the games against two strong sides like Valletta and Floriana, nonetheless we played well, won both games and most importantly for myself I kept a clean sheet in both matches.

 

“We have a solid squad and we believe in our strength to go further in this campaign.

 

About the National Team Set-Up its Jake’s dream to push forward and get the nod in the senior set-up, he admits this could be a defining season for him as being a regular keeper with one of the challenging teams for the title can certainly enhance his reputation as one of the best keepers on the island.

 

MALTA UNDER 21 TEAM

 

“I would like to thank coach Simon (Agius) and the rest of the Technical Staff for always being there for us, training with the U21 has always been taken seriously, we as goalkeepers in the U21 setup have always worked together, Matthew (Grech) of Floriana and Andreas (Vella) are also two quality keepers with great future ahead, we go on very well together, but than it’s a decision beyond us who steps in goal when Malta U21 are playing.

 

“We’re little bit upset still on zero points in the standings, nonetheless this group of players have been trying very hard, we were struck with bad luck and referee’s decisions in some games were totally against us.

 

THE FUTURE AHEAD

 

“My target is to represent my country at senior level, it’s a dream for every football player, thus I take it step by step, for now I focus on the three games left with the U21, I want to do well and most importantly try with my colleagues to win some points, and than in November or after, whenever the opportunity comes along I will definitely jump to reach my dream of playing for the National Team.

 

DECISION TO HAVE AN EXTRA WEEK OF TRAINING PRIOR TO BELGIUM  

 

“It was a timely decision by the Malta FA to stop the league a week earlier to give us extra time for training at Ta’ Qali, about Friday we know the qualities of Belgium and their strength in depth, but the fact we’re playing on home soil can strive us to finally get this positive result”.

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