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Turner names 20-strong squad for UEFA U-17 tournament
Oct 14, 2019
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U17 - UEFA European Under 17 Qualifiers
The Malta U-17 team will face Austria, Bulgaria and Norway in the UEFA U-17 qualifying tournament. PHOTOS: Domenic Aquilina/MFA
The Malta U-17 team will face Austria, Bulgaria and Norway in the UEFA U-17 qualifying tournament. PHOTOS: Domenic Aquilina/MFA

  • The Malta U-17 team will face Austria, Bulgaria and Norway in the UEFA U-17 qualifying tournament. PHOTOS: Domenic Aquilina/MFA
  • Malta Under-17 coach Noel Turner. PHOTOS: Domenic Aquilina/MFA

Malta Under-17 coach Noel Turner has named a squad of 20 players for the upcoming 2019-20 UEFA Under-17 Championship qualifying tournament.


Austria, Bulgaria and Norway, who are hosting this UEFA tournament, are Malta’s opponents in Group 13 with the matches scheduled to take place between this Thursday and the following Wednesday (October 23).

 

The Maltese youngsters open their commitments against Austria on Thursday at the Briskeby Arena (kick-off 13.00). After meeting Norway in the second group match on Sunday at the Raufoss Stadium (17.30), the Malta Under-17s conclude their commitments against Bulgaria the following Wednesday at the same venue (kick-off 17.00).

 

Turner, who is assisted by Mark Marlow, has selected most of the players who formed part of the Malta U-16 squad for the UEFA Youth Under-16 Development Tournament, held at the Centenary Stadium last March but also included some new faces. Pietà Hotspurs midfielder Kurt Briffa and San Ġwann defender James Vella, who were part of the squad for the UEFA Development Tournament, are sidelined with injuries.

 

In the UEFA Youth Under-16 Development Tournament, Malta beat Albania 2-0 but lost against Denmark (0-4) and Scotland (0-1).

 

In preparation for their UEFA U-17 Championship qualifying tournament, the Malta Under-17 team took part in the annual Trofeo Nereo Rocco tournament in August. They played against Austrian team FC Karnten (0-1), Napoli (1-2) and Pordenone Calcio (2-0).

 

The Malta Under-17 contingent is due to depart for Norway on Tuesday.

 

MALTA UNDER-17 SQUAD


GOALKEEPERS
Beppe Mangion (St Mirren, Scotland); Miguel Spiteri (Barnsley FC, England);

 

DEFENDERS
Sebastian Cassar Torregiani (St Andrews); Isaac Cutajar (Pietà Hotspurs); Zean Leonardi (Pietà Hotspurs); Nikolai Micallef (Ħamrun Spartans); Russell Micallef Decesare (St Andrews); Owen Sammut (Mosta); Luca Zammit (St Andrews).

 

MIDFIELDERS
Nathan Agius (Mosta); Azriel Borg (Mosta); Brooklyn Borg (Pietà Hotspurs); Zachary Chetcuti (Valletta); Matteo Gambin (Żabbar St Patrick); Jake Grech (San Ġwann); Brite Anayochi Ihoumah (Hibernians).

 

FORWARDS
Isaiah Micallef (Valletta); Antheos Spiteri (Valletta); Nathan Sultana (San Ġwann); Andrea Zammit (San Ġwann).

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