Expectations for the University of Malta Futsal team in the FMA Gatorade League this season were high after their strong showing in the 2016/17 campaign, where they ended in 5th place in the Elite Division. Indeed this year after some very strong acquisitions during pre-season, the team looks stronger than ever.
In fact, some of the club’s new signings have taken the league by storm. Spanish sensation Joselito Aguilera is the club’s top scorer with 20 goals whilst Nermin Hasanbegovic, the club’s Slovenian pivot, has also amassed 19 goals so far this season. This isn’t to say that the club’s old guard haven’t kept up the standard; Rodney Debono has scored 4 goals and assisted another 4, Shawn Deguara – decisive last year – has continued on his good form scoring 5 goals and Neil Cauchi, one of the team’s founding players, has also been at the heart of the action with another 5 goals.
The format of the FMA Gatorade League is such that each team will play the other 11 teams in the league once. The top 5 teams then are promoted to the Elite Division, where they will fight it out to see who is Malta’s top Futsal team. Currently, the Knights sit in 4th place with one game of the first round still to be played, with a single point advantage over Hamrun Tre Angeli and a two point advantage on Mriehel ESS.
Despite their positive placing in the league, nothing has been secured as of yet; for their final game is a direct match up against Mriehel ESS. It’s a deciding match and one in which a point for the Knights would be enough to secure their place amongst the Elite for the second year running. The Knights have already played Mriehel this year in the Knock-Out competition, and came out with a hard-fought 6-4 win, but they will surely not be taking anything for granted in this game. A positive for the Knights is that coach Kyle Sultana will have a practically full squad to choose from, with only Andrea Farrugia missing through injury for the match.
Last year’s Elite decider saw an almost unprecedented Futsal attendance, with over 200 students filing into the Corradino Pavillion to cheer on the Knights. This year, the team needs that support again. So join us tomorrow, Friday 15th December, at Corradino Pavillion for kick-off at 8pm to cheer on our Knights as they #DareToAchieve!