Jesmond Zerafa

Name: Jesmond
Surname: Zerafa
Role: Coach
Date of Birth: 3rd August 1965
Nationality: Maltese
Joined Valletta: June 2020

Jesmond Zerafa, born on August 3, 1965. Zerafa is a product of the Valletta FC Nursery and was introduced in the premier League in season 1982-83.

In season 1984-85, Zerafa joined Tarxien Rainbows, he returned with Valletta FC in season 1986-87. He had a fabulous season and scored an important goal against champions Rabat Ajax and managed to break the champions unbeaten record.

During season 1986-87, he became an automatic choice in the Citizens squad and was also included in the squad that played against Juventus FC in the Uefa Cup. Jesmond also had several appearances with the National team

Jesmond ended his football career with Birkirkara Luxol in season 1996-97. He started a coaching career in the Valletta FC Nursery and coached the Under 18 section. The following year he was appointed as assistant coach with Bulgarian coach Krasimir Manolov. That season was one that Jesmond never forgets, Valletta won the six honours in the Maltese local football.

In season 2001-02, Zerafa joined Tarxien Rainbows and managed to win promotion to the First Division. In the following season he missed the Promotion to the Premier League and in season 2003-04 he won the First Division Knock-Out with Tarxien Rainbows.

Jesmond Zerafa joined Qormi FC in the summer of 2007 and was appointed team manager. During his first year with Qormi, he won the promotion to the Premier Division and succeeded in keeping the team in the Premier Division. In the following season Qormi kept their place in the Premier league, reached the final of the U*Bet FA Trophy and played against Sliema Wanderers in a decider to book a place in  the Europa League.

In May 2010, Jesmond Zerafa joined Valletta F.C. after his contract with Qormi FC had expired. In his first season with Valletta F.C., Jesmond succeeded in winning the Championship with an unbeaten record.

Jesmond won another Championship in season 2011-2012. The following season he joined Qormi FC.
In October 2013, Jesmond joined Balzan FC as their new coach after parting ways with Riccardo Tumiatti.

October 2014, Naxxar Lions appointed Jesmond Zerafa as their new coach. Zerafa replaced Winston Muscat who led the team since November 2011. In 2015 Jesmond rejoined Qormi FC. During November 2016 Jesmond rejoined Tarxien Rainbows. In February 2019, Zerafa was appointed coach with Gzira United following the resignation of Darren Abdilla.

Jesmond rejoined his home town team during June 2020, he signed a two-year deal with the Lilywhites.