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Marukawa, Jovanovic move to Valletta FC

Valletta FC will have Japanese winger Taisei Marukawa and Serbian defender Mihailo Jovanovic in their squad for Thursday’s Europa League tie against Bala Town after the Citizens filed the registration papers of both their players.

Marukawa joins Valletta after a successful loan spell at the club. The Japanese winger is not a new face in Maltese football as for the last 18 months he was on the books of Senglea Athletic.

With the Cottonera outfit, Marukawa has amassed 27 appearances and scored three goals.

His acquisition will provide coach Jesmond Zerafa with valuable speed upfront.

On the other hand, Jovanovic is set for his first spell in Maltese football.

Jovanovic is a veteran defender who last season was on the books of FK Indija.

Throughout his career he played mostly in the Serbian top division but also had spells in the Czech Republic with HFK Olomouc and Zbrojovka Brno.

Jovanovic also had a spell in the Belorussian top division Neman Grodno before heading to Kazakhstan with Taraz.

At Valletta, Jovanovic is expected to fill the void left by Steve Borg who parted ways with Gżira United.

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