As he looks forward to savouring more UEFA Champions League action next week, Valletta FC midfielder Roderick Briffa insists he will not allow being voted Malta's best player to affect him.
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Valletta FC midfielder Roderick Briffa has insisted that he will not grow complacent after being voted Malta's 2010/11 footballer of the year.
After receiving the individual accolade at a ceremony held by the Malta Football Association (MFA), the 29-year-old paid tribute to his team-mates and expressed a determination to keep improving his game. "I am very pleased to win this honour," Briffa told UEFA.com. "I dedicate it to everyone at Valletta FC and to my family. It crowns a fantastic season not only for me, but for Valletta FC. I am still 29 years old and I don't intend to rest on my laurels. I will keep aiming higher."
Having played a lead role in Valletta's title-winning campaign last season, the Maltese international midfielder is looking ahead to Wednesday's UEFA Champions League first qualifying round second leg against San Marino's SP Tre Fiori, which Valletta lead 3-0.
"Everyone knows what the UEFA Champions League is all about. It is a unique competition and we are all looking forward to sealing our place in the second round," added Briffa." We were by far the better team in San Marino – we played with confidence and quality. We couldn't have asked for a better start to the new season."
The reward for reaching the second qualifying round will be an encounter with the Lithuanian league champions FK Ekranas on 12/13 July.