The Albanian U-17 national team started gathering today in Tirana, within the framework of two friendly matches against Malta U-17. The 22 players called by coach Ardi Behari for these two challenges will train at the ‘House of Football’, while the two friendly matches will be played at these facilities on September 18 and 20, at 4:00 p.m.
The coach of the U-17 national team, Ardi Behari, in a statement for fshf.org, commented on the list of 22 players gathered for these two challenges, among which 13 are active in the Albanian championship. The novelty in the list is the footballer Brayan Gjyla, while the Albanian technician also revealed why Ergis Arifi is missing. The coach of the red and black under 17-year-olds said that the list was built with the ‘help’ of the project initiated by the Football Federation, ‘Step by Step’, while he also revealed Albania’s objectives for these two friendlies: group approval and positive results to increase morale. of the team.
List of 22 players accumulated – We have tried to get the base of the team and any new players, such as the case of Gjyla, who comes from Italy. He is playing very well, he is the only player of this date of birth who plays in the Italian Serie B. He has been activated and has also scored goals. It remains to be seen the axis of the team and any new influx that comes due to the improvement of the players in time. For example, Gjyla is not a new player for us, we scouted him in Milan and he was also a participant in coach Bulku’s gatherings. From the list is almost the entire team, except for some absences like the case of Arif, who was not allowed because he has a match with the Teuta club. It is the base of the team and these two matches will be very important in the framework of the team’s approval to prepare for the next European competition.
Is the list also based on the ‘Step by Step’ project? – Undoubtedly, this project has a very big impact as the players themselves are familiar with our requirements. We have had them in training and they precede these gatherings with the training they have done with the ‘Step by Step’ program. This does not mean that the difference is large in the group with players coming from abroad. We try and ask that the level of our players reach the level of players who play abroad and why not go beyond that level and become the basis of the players of the national age teams.
Team objectives for the two games against Malta – The objective is to win. Not only for the result and to end September in a magical way, but what is most important is that this affects the psychological side of the team, the increase of confidence in this team, the validation of the team’s actions. If we win these two games and the upcoming friendlies in October, then we go into the competition with a higher morale and the objective is to win. The players must grow with victory, the feeling of winning must be cultivated. Winning is the essence of everything we do.
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