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Nikolai Muscat, Ryan Camenzuli back in national team squad for Cyprus match

Ryan Camenzuli is back in the Malta national team squad for the match against Cyprus. Photo: Domenic Aquilina

Malta national teams’ head coach Devis Mangia has handed a recall to Ryan Camenzuli and Nikolai Muscat as the Italian finalised his squad ahead of the trip to Larnace for Monday’s World Cup qualifier against Cyprus.

The national team is stepping up their preparations ahead of their trip to Cyprus and on Saturday Mangia finalised his 23-man squad for Monday’s match following Friday’s disappointing 4-0 defeat to Slovenia at the National Stadium.

Mangia is sure to be without two players for the match in Cyprus, namely winger Joseph Mbong and striker Alex Satariano, who has now been drifted to the Malta U-21 squad.

In the absence of these two players the Malta coach decided to hand a recall to Floriana wingback Ryan Camenzuli, who missed Friday’s qualifier through suspension, and Nikolai Muscat who was omitted from the squad for the match against Slovenia for technical reasons.

Otherwise, Mangia has no injury worries for the match and reconfirmed the same players that made the cut for the match against the Slovenians on Friday.

Malta will be hoping to avoid defeat to Cyprus on Monday to boost their hopes of avoiding bottom place in Group H.

THE SQUAD

Goalkeepers

Henry Bonello (Ħamrun Spartans FC), Jake Galea (Balzan FC), Matthew Grech (Pembroke Athleta FC).

Defenders

Samir Arab (Balzan FC), Steve  Borg (Gzira United FC), Karl Micallef (Ħamrun Spartans FC), Zach Muscat (Casa Pia (POR)), Enrico Pepe (Birkirkara FC), Kurt Shaw (Sliema Wanderers FC).

Midfielders                        

Cain Attard (Birkirkara FC), Ryan Camenzuli (Floriana FC), Triston Caruana (Valletta FC), Adam Magri Overand (Floriana FC), Nikolai Muscat (Gżira United FC), Steven Pisani (Gżira United FC), Teddy Teuma (R.U. Saint Gilloise (BE), Dunstan Vella (Hibernians FC), Dexter Xuereb (St Lucia FC).

Forwards     

Jurgen Degabriele (Hibernians FC), Shaun Dimech (Valletta FC), Luke Gambin (Ħamrun Spartans FC), Jake Grech (Hibernians FC), Paul Mbong (Birkirkara FC); Luke Montebello (Birkirkara FC).

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