The Malta Under 19 national team had a meet and greet session with the executive board of the Malta Football Association.
The event was organised in a bid to strengthen bonds and provide support to the squad ahead of the upcoming European U-19 Championship finals that will get underway on Monday.
Malta FA board members had the opportunity to get to know the players individually in a different environment before the final selection for the tournament.
During the meet and greet session, Bjorn Vassallo, the president of the Malta FA, addressed the squad, reminding them of the honour and privilege of representing their country at such a high level competition.
Vassallo urged the players to consider themselves fortunate to have the opportunity to compete against top-tier opponents in the upcoming tournament. His words were aimed to instil a sense of pride and motivation within the squad as they gear up to face formidable challenges on the field.
Malta were drawn in a tough Group A where they will be up against Italy, Portugal and Poland.
Alessandro Zinnari, speaking on behalf of the coaching staff, took the opportunity to shed light on the arduous journey the association had undertaken to prepare for this significant event.
Zinnari highlighted that the team had engaged in 30 international friendly matches, providing invaluable international experience to the young players.
“These matches not only helped the squad develop their skills but also exposed them to various playing styles and levels of competition,” he said.
In a statement, the MFA said: “The meet and greet session with the executive board served as a platform for the executive board and the president to express their unwavering support for the young players. By meeting the players individually and engaging in personal conversations, the executive board displayed their commitment to the development and growth of the team.
“This event highlighted the Malta FA’s dedication to nurturing and honing young talent. By providing international exposure and organizing friendly matches, the association has taken significant steps to prepare the Under-19 squad for the upcoming tournament.
“The meet and greet session further solidified the bond between the players and the executive board, setting a positive tone for the team’s journey.
“As the tournament approaches, the Malta Under-19 squad will carry with them the encouragement and backing of the executive board, knowing that they have the full support of their association.
“The players will aim to make their nation proud by demonstrating their skills and resilience against high-level opponents.”
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