Maltese Abroad – Part 5


Andre Schembri

As the season comes to an end in a variety of countries across the globe, it’s been another busy weekend of action for the Maltese plying their trades abroad.

From England to New Zealand, Cyprus to Italy, the contingent of Maltese playing in professional leagues overseas is increasing at a quick rate. Add to that a number of players who are part of the Maltese diaspora in countries such as the UK, Australia and Canada, and there is plenty of Maltese interest.


Player Club League
Oscar Borg Aston Villa U18 Premier U18 League (England)
The left-back was recently signed by Aston Villa from West Ham and made his debut for the Villa Under-18’s on Saturday. A 1-0 win over local rivals, West Bromwich Albion, was enough to give Villa 5th place in the South Division. Borg played 90 minutes and is currently at the centre of a tug of war between England (country of birth), Turkey (via grandparents) and Malta (via grandparents).
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Steve Borg Aris Limassol A Kategoria (Cyprus)
Following a spell out of the starting line-up, Steve Borg returned to action for Aris Limassol this Sunday. Part of the Relegation Group of the A Kategoria, Aris drew 1-1 at Doxa to leave them 3rd in the six-team group. The former Valletta centre-half played the full 90 minutes and has chalked up 31 appearances in all competitions during the campaign.
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31 1
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Luke Gambin Barnet League Two (England)
The Barnet winger took his place on the wide left for this game and was replaced on 85 minutes. A London derby, the Bees ended up 3-0 winners over Leyton Orient. Martin Allen’s side now sit in 14th position in League Two and have 54 points, just 8 points behind the play-off places.
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43 3
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Sam Magri Dover Athletic National League (England)
The Malta Under-21 cap played another 90 minutes for high-flying Dover Athletic as they visited Wales to take on Wrexham in the National League on Saturday. A slight change of system for The Whites saw Magri play as a wing-back on the left and his side moved into 3rd position with a 1-0 win. It leaves Dover on 77 points, just 9 points behind 2nd place, Forest Green Rovers.
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38 0
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Manny Muscat Wellington Phoenix A-League (Australia / NZ)
He may have been out of Pietro Ghedin’s spotlight for a while, but Manny Muscat was given a fitting send off by the Wellington Phoenix fans in New Zealand’s capital on Sunday night. Western Sydney Wanderers were the visitors and took all three points with a 0-2 win. Muscat, who joins Melbourne City next season, started at his customary right-back role but was substituted on 90 minutes to give fans the opportunity to show their appreciation. Having joined the Phoenix in 2008, the Malta international made just shy of 200 appearances in all. He played 2,239 minutes this campaign alone.
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25 1
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Rowen Muscat AC Pavia Lega Pro A (Italy)
He may be a mainstay of the Malta national side but Rowen Muscat had to be content with warming the bench on Sunday as AC Pavia lost 1-0 away to strugglers, Mantova, in the Italian 3rd tier. On loan for the remainder of this season from Birkirkara, Muscat has been used sporadically in the centre of midfield during this campaign. The result means Pavia slip to 9th position, ten points behind the play-off zone for promotion to Serie B.
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8 0
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Zach Muscat Akragas Lega Pro C (Italy)
Former Birkirkara defender, Zach Muscat, played another 90 minutes for Akragas as they travelled to former Serie A club, Lecce on Saturday. A 0-0 draw with the 2nd placed side keeps Akragas in 10th on 39 points, and was witnessed by 6,802 spectators.
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13 0
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André Schembri Omonia Nicosia A Kategoria (Cyprus)
André Schembri has been a real success for Maltese players abroad and continued his superb season on Sunday against Apollon Limassol. The Malta international scored a brace in the 1-2 win, goals coming in the 77th and 87th minutes. It was an important result as it means these two sides swap places and Omonia move a point ahead into 3rd place – the Europa League spots.
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