GHEDIN RESIGNS FROM THE NATIONAL MALTESE FOOTBALL TEAM
The upcoming matches of the Maltese National Football team against Lithuania and Slovakia will mark the last games for the Italian coach Pietro Ghedin. This was announced by Ghedin himself during a press conference held at one of the major hotels in St. Julian’s.
Ghedin said that he took this decision because he believes that the national team needs new motivation. He thanked everyone who worked with him during this period that he described as ‘fantastic years’. He further stated that the Maltese team can improve but appealed for unity.
The MFA Secretary General, Angelo Chetcuti, confirmed that the decision was unanimously reached with the Malta Football Association. Chetcuti showed his appreciation for the work carried out by Ghedin these years, but stressed that the focus now should be on the forthcoming matches so that the Italian coach ends his career with the Maltese team on a positive note.
Chetcuti described Ghedin as a professional person and stressed that he always received good advice from him for which he showed his absolute appreciation. The Secretary-General said that at the beginning of this experience following direction from the President Norman Darmanin Demajo he committed himself to gain the respect of the other nations for the Maltese team.
The MFA Technical Director Robert Gatt said that he regrets that Pietro Ghedin is ending his role as national coach since apart from being an excellent coach he is also a great friend.
The Italian coach said he gave his all during these fantastic years working for the Maltese National team and said despite everything he will remember fondly both the good and the bad experiences.
Pietro Ghedin had already been at the helm of the Maltese National team in the mid-90s. Upon retirement, both experiences will accumulate 70 games for the Maltese team under Pietro Ghedin’s lead.
Meanwhile, Ghedin called the squad of 24 players for two games against Lithuania and Slovakia.
Ghedin began his coaching career with the Italian Football Federation in 1987, which included managing the under-18 team. He served as both goalkeeper ans assistant manager to the Italian senior side, and managed the Italy’s women’s team between 2005 and 2012.
Ghedin was manager of the Malta National Football team between 1992 and 1995, also managing the under-21 team at the same time, and was reappointed in May 2012.