The Malta Independent 24 October 2016, Monday

Pietro Ghedin confirmed as Malta national coach for another two years

Saturday, 16 January 2016, 18:49 Last update: about 10 months ago

Pietro Ghedin has been confirmed as coach of the Malta national team for another two years.

It will be a third term for the Italian coach who was here in the early nineties and then was reappointed in 2012.

This will mean that Ghedin will lead the team throughout the European Qualifiers leading to the FIFA World Cup 2018.

The agreement was reached with MFA president Norman Darmanin Demajo after consultation with the Executive Committee of the Association.

Ghedin had coached the Malta Under-21 side in the early nineties before taking over as senior national team coach in 1993. In 24 matches as Malta coach between 1993 and 1995, Ghedin led the team to four wins and five draws.

Ghedin’s best result ever at the helm of a Malta must be the away victory against Armenia in Yerevan – a FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier. Other good results were the draws against Bulgaria in Sofia and another with Azerbaijan at Ta’ Qali – qualifiers for Euro 2016.

During this last term, Malta registered friendly wins in matches against Liechtenstein (twice), Luxembourg, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Faroe Islands and Lithuania. In this second spell, Malta won six, drew three and lost 24 games.

The association congratulated Pietro Ghedin and wished him success with the national team for the future. The statement added that under Ghedin, the national team had a number of good games and positive performances which increased the team’s respect and reputation in the international football scene.

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