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Malta striker Haley Bugeja shortlisted for World Best Youth Player U-20 award

Haley Bugeja was shortlisted among the Women's World Best Youth Player U-20 nominees. Photo: Malta Football Association

Malta women star striker Haley Bugeja was shortlisted in the Women’s World Best Youth Player U-20 nominees for 2023.

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics is an organisation that chronicles the history and records of association football.

The Inter striker has enjoyed another very positive year which was highlighted by helping the Malta women’s national team secure an historic promotion to League B in the UEFA Women’s Nations League.

During the competition, Bugeja managed to score eight goals to finish in second place among the leading scores in the competition. The Malta forward scored one goal less than Israel’s Sharon Beck.

This is the second time that Bugeja has made it on the IFFHS list.

In 2021, the prolific goalscorer has been named in the organisation’s best XI and was included as one of four forwards in the selection alongside Netherlands’ Nikita Tromp of Ajax, Mexico’s Alison Gonzalez and Trinity Rodman, daughter of former Chicago Bulls star Denis Rodman, who had won the American women’s title that year with the Washington Spirit and was named Rookie of the Year.

Now, Bugeja is in the runnign to again made it on the list that features some of the world’s most talented female players.

In fact, joining Bugeja on the list are Salma Paralluelo (Spain); Vicky Lopez (Spain); Chiara Beccari (Italy); Melchie Dumornay (Haïti); Jaedyn Shay (USA); Olivia Moultrie (USA); Linda Caicedo (Colombia); Tarciane (Brazil); Juliet Nalukenge (Uganda); Mary Fowler (Australia); Maika Hamano (Japan); Esmee Brugts (Netherlands); Vicki Becho (France); Giulia Dragoni (Italy); Aoba Fujino (Japan); Alice Soto (Mexico); Linda Natter (Austria); Emily Cedeno (Panama) and Ana Maria Guzman (Colombia).

The IFFH award winners will be announced in January.

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