The Malta U-17 national team open their commitments in the UEFA U-17 Championship qualifiers when they take on Turkey in their opening match at the Tony Bezzina Stadium in Corradino on Wednesday (kick-off: 11am).
The Maltese youngsters were drawn in Group 1 which also includes Denmark and Montenegro who play against each other in Wednesday’s second match that will get underway at 4pm.
The top two teams in each group will progress to the elite round along with the four third-placed teams with the best records against the top two in their section.
Coach Ivan Woods has named a 22-man squad for the tournament and will be hoping that his charges will produe a commendable showing in the competition.
GOALKEEPERS: Domnic Vella (Birkirkara), Niklas Vella (Balzan).
DEFENDERS: Andrew Apap Bologna (Luxol St Andrews), Sven Scerri (Ħamrun Spartans), Myron Micallef (San Ġwann), Ivin Farrugia (Pietà Hotspurs), Jayden Ohaka (Hibernians), Josiah Mallia (Valletta), Isaiah Chukunyere (Hibernians), Timothy Cassar Torregiani (Luxol St Andrews), Kian Vella (Ħamrun Spartans).
MIDFIELDERS: Timothy Cachia (Luxol St. Andrews), Lucas Caruana (Hibernians), Kaiden Fenech (Birkirkara), Gabriel Vella (Ħamrun Spartans), Nicholas Mifsud (Mosta).
FORWARDS: Russell Caruana (Mosta), Ensell Attard (Mosta), Zak Barbara (Valletta), Sean Gatt (Luxol St. Andrews), Trezeguet Zammit (Ħamrun Spartans), Kian Leonardi (Pietà Hotspurs).
PLAYING ON WEDNESDAY
11am Turkey vs Malta; 4pm Montenegro vs Denmark.
11am Turkey vs Montenegro; 4pm Denmark vs Malta.
11am Denmark vs Turkey; 4pm Malta vs Montenegro.