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Gilbert Agius: These games will prepare the players mentally and physically

Published: 19-11-2022 18:21
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‘Friendly games like this help the players prepare not just physically but also mentally’ said interim national team coach Gilbert Agius, during the MD-1 Press Conference.  He stressed that such games will supply the players with more experience to high tempo games, that is much needed for the next European Qualifiers which will be played in 2023.  Malta tomorrow faces Ireland in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Ta’ Qali (kick-off 20:00).  

Malta had a very good outing against Greece last Thursday and will try to replicate the same performance against Ireland.  Coach Agius stated that despite being very near in the FIFA Rankings, one should not compare Greece and Ireland.  The latter should have been one of the teams in this year’s edition of the World Cup according to Gilbert Agius. 

He said that they have analysed the recent games of Ireland and know that they play dynamic football and have powerful and experienced players.  Malta should be humble enough to forget the recent good results and focus on the next game, work hard, and be disciplined, stated Coach Agius.

Three important players, namely Joseph Mbong, Steve Borg and Jean Borg are doubtful for Malta, however last minute checks will determine their condition.

Matthew Guillaumier, explained that as a team they have prepared well and will focus to deliver their game plan.  The team will try to get something out of this match, if not a result it will be an experience from which to learn.  Winning against Ireland, would be a good result and good morale booster, however Matthew Guillaumier would prefer if the team wins games that matter