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Title beckons for Sliema

Published: Thursday 29 April 2004, 17.40CET
Malta review: Sliema Wanderers FC moved within a win of the title and Adrian Mifsud reached a milestone. features

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Published: Thursday 29 April 2004, 17.40CET

Title beckons for Sliema

Malta review: Sliema Wanderers FC moved within a win of the title and Adrian Mifsud reached a milestone.

A 2-0 win against Marsaxlokk FC has edged Sliema Wanderers FC to within one win of the Maltese Premier League title.

Good goalkeeping
Goals from Maltese international midfield player Stefan Giglio and Danilo Doncic - the latter scoring from the penalty spot - enabled Sliema to overwhelm Marsaxlokk on Sunday, and the score could easily have been higher but for some excellent goalkeeping from Ivan Casha.

Pressure men
"We've got a bunch of experienced players who can live up to their reputation and with the pressure," Sliema coach Edward Aquilina told "But these same players will always be judged on their performance on the field of play, irrespective of their reputation and experience."

Title looms
Two more points from their remaining two games would see Sliema crowned champions for the 25th time in their history, but they were not the only side to be celebrating on Sunday. In the other championship pool game, Adrian Mifsud scored his 100th league goal to give Hibernians FC a 1-0 win against Pietà Hotspurs FC.

Drop zone
Elsewhere, Birkirkara FC maintained their outside chance of the title with a 2-0 win against Floriana FC, while in the relegation pool, Msida St. Joseph FC and Balzan Youths FC remain in danger of joining Hamrun Spartans FC and being relegated as both sides are level on 12 points with two games remaining.

Mifsud re-elected
The other big news in Maltese football was the re-election of Malta Football Association (MFA) president Dr Joseph Mifsud to UEFA's Executive Committee at the XXIII UEFA Ordinary Congress held in Limassol, Cyprus. Dr Mifsud has been involved with UEFA in a number of roles since 1984.

Sacco honoured
During the Congress in Limassol, Joseph A. Sacco, former general secretary of the MFA, was awarded the UEFA Order of Merit for his long and sterling services to the game of football. He is the first Maltese football administrator ever to receive this prestigious award.

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