Preview Day 01: Valletta vs Vittoriosa Stars Published on: 09-09-2010
Day 01: Valletta vs Vittoriosa StarsValletta and newly promoted Vittoriosa Stars will be facing each other in a most interesting match; on Sunday kick off 19:00hrs.
During this summer’s transfer period the Citizens were one of the most active club’s. Valletta signed four new foreign players, Ramon Dos Santos, Denni Rocha Dos Santos, Omonigho Temile and Joseph Okonkwo. International defenders Jonathan Caruana and Ian Azzopardi also joined the Citizens from Hibernians and Sliema Wanderers respectively.
Last May Valletta made some changes in their technical staff, Jesmond Zerafa was appointed new coach replacing Ton Caanen, Nardu Farrugia was appointed as assistant coach while ex Dingli Swallows coach Jesmond Zammit joined the Lilywhites as Team Manager.
Valletta were eliminated on away goal in the second round of the UEFA Europa League against KS Ruch Chorzow of Poland, however the Citizens managed to win the BOV Super Cup against champions Birkirkara and also the first edition of the Mare Blu Cup against Hamrun Spartans.
Jesmond Zammit the Lilywhites team manager gave these comments to the club’s official website “Vittoriosa will definitely not be an easy nut to crack next Sunday. It is a known fact that newly promoted teams are extremely keen to try and win points in their new experience competing with the elite teams of Maltese Football. This desire to win or to acquire precious points continues to increase if such teams are drawn to play against teams in the shape of Valletta on their day of baptism. In their pre season matches, with particular reference to their participation in the Hamrun Tournament, Vittoriosa has left a very good impression , fielding very valid foreigners along with veteran experienced players in the likes of Jeffrey Chetcuti and Dino Cachia not to mention the latest local signing - Stephen Wellman, whom they have signed on loan from Qormi F.C.
On the other hand, Valletta F.C. are expected to have all their players available for this match, with Edmond Agius and Terrance Scerri already utilised in the last friendly match against and with defender Kenneth Scicluna steadily recovering from a groin operation. This game will offer the official debut of Ian Azzopardi with the Lilywhites. Any which way... Valletta's ambitions and goals are clear and sculptured on the walls surrounding the City this season...... nothing but the league Championship will put the souls of the Citizens at rest. This is the mandate and this is what we shall strive to achieve with all our strength. The message is clear enough. Losing points against Vittoriosa would definitely not be in Line with the set course. But we shall have to be at our very best to tame and beat the newcomers. So Forza Valletta City. May the best team on the day hook the three points?”
On behalf of the www.vallettafc.net and The Valletta Supporters Club, we urge all supporters to remain united and unified throughout the season and augur a pleasant season to all Valletta FC players, supporters and officials.