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Pretenders vie for Maltese crown

Published: Monday 11 January 2010, 14.24CET
New signing Stefan Giglio told uefa.com that the "fantastic blend of motivated players" can ensure that Qormi FC shrug off resurgent co-leaders Birkirkara FC and claim the Maltese Premier League crown.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Malta
Pretenders vie for Maltese crown
Sylvano Comvalius (left) has fired Birkirkara above Qormi ©Domenic Aquilina
Published: Monday 11 January 2010, 14.24CET

Pretenders vie for Maltese crown

New signing Stefan Giglio told uefa.com that the "fantastic blend of motivated players" can ensure that Qormi FC shrug off resurgent co-leaders Birkirkara FC and claim the Maltese Premier League crown.

New signing Stefan Giglio told uefa.com that the "fantastic blend of motivated players" can ensure that Qormi FC shrug off resurgent co-leaders Birkirkara FC and win the Maltese Premier League.

Reinforcements
Qormi finished 2009 in top spot but were held to a 2-2 draw by Hibernians FC on 8 January, enabling Birkirkara to take the initiative on goal difference after beating bottom-of-the-table Dingli Swallows FC 2-0. It prompted Qormi coach Jesmond Zerafa to dip into the transfer market, signing former Maltese international Giglio from Valletta FC and Sliema Wanderers FC's Matthew Bartolo.

'Anything can happen'
"Our coach has given all the players a positive attitude – that of believing in themselves and always giving 100 per cent," Giglio told uefa.com. "There's a fantastic blend of players, all motivated, all raring to win. The atmosphere at Qormi is very optimistic, and there is unity in the squad. At the moment it seems like a dream to most of them, but anything can happen in football and Qormi can go on and win the title."

In-form Comvalius
To do so they must shake off a Birkirkara side full of momentum and buoyed by goals from summer signing Sylvano Comvalius, who has found the net ten times in his last seven matches. "I'm very happy to be in Malta," said the 22-year-old Dutchman. "We are a very young but talented group with a lot of potential. I believe that with this group Birkirkara have the qualities to beat every team in the Premier League. I've scored ten in the last seven matches, and as a striker scoring goals is like food. I want to be an important figure and do big things for this team."

Impressive results
The chasing pack includes big-spending Valletta, two points adrift in third, and titleholders Hibernians, a further three off the pace in fourth. Fifth-placed Sliema have been the league's real enigma, beating Tarxien Rainbows FC 4-2 on 10 January having also seen off Valletta 3-1 earlier this month. Such form suggests a late surge could be on the cards but, for now, it is Qormi and Birkirkara who set the pace.

Last updated: 11/01/10 16.13CET

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