Preview Day 03: Valletta vs Qormi Published on: 24-09-2010

Day 03: Valletta vs Qormi

Following a 2-2 result against Hibernians last Friday, Valletta meet Qormi tomorrow at the National Stadium, kick-off 19:00hrs.

“Our third encounter is now due. Four points from the first two matches will give this match paramount importance mostly in view that we are in need of maximum points in order to retain our position in the table and possibly improve same by the odd remaining topmost position. That is our main objective this year and that is where we feel that we deserve to be now and even more after the very last game of the season” Jesmond Zammit.

“Nevertheless, every team has its own target, towards which they will all have to strive with all their might to try and achieve by May next year. The team to face next is Qormi , who despite having several new faces in their side , have been strengthened by new signings in the likes of Cleavon Frendo (ex Valletta), George Mallia ( ex B'Kara ) and several new foreigners which will  include attacking midfielder Abubaker ( who has made his debut in the last match against Vittoriosa ) together with the last to arrive -  Brazilian defender - Vinicius da Silva, who will get his first idea of Maltese football whilst facing the Lilly whites next Saturday. Ex Valletta players Bondin and Giglio will also be available for selection by Coach Stephen Azzopardi” team manager Zammit told

The citizens, on the other side will have all their players available with the exception of Gilbert Agius who has suffered a calf injury (which should keep him out for approx 3 weeks) against Hibernians last week.  Defender Jonathan Caruana is still recovering from a head collision with Hibs's Aaron Xuereb and is not a certain starting candidate whilst other defender Kenneth Scicluna is still working on his recovery and fitness. To add insult to injury, International player Roderick Briffa has strained his hamstring during yesterday's training session and is still a doubtful starter.

“Qormi, as usual, will definitely prove to be another hard team to beat. Boosted by  their last performance against Vittoriosa , they are expected to give us a good run for all that they are worth, and will be trying their very best to obtain any possible points from this encounter. From what we have seen so far, we should feel extra sure that all the teams will be giving their 100 percent plus against Valletta, the latter obviously being “the team to beat ".

If we really expect to be serious contenders for the title, we shall have to make sure that we do not drop too many points, and face each and every match like gladiators in the arena. Tomorrow's game will be no exception. It will feature a strategically driven Qormi side facing an outrageous Valletta absolutely determined to take home the three points from minute number 1 to minute number 96 - this is the lesson that we should have learned from last Friday’s match at Ta' Qali" Zammit remarked.

Jesmond Zammit ended his comments by thanking the supporters who are always behind the team no matter what and thanking them for their courage and support at all times. “Our strength is your support”.  Until Saturday 1900 hrs Forza Valletta City - May the Lion of the City roar for ever ALL THE WAY.