The Israeli team landed today (Tuesday) in Malta for the friendly match tonight (9:45 PM) against the local team.
One of the few left in the squad, photo: The Football Association
Most of the senior players in the squad were released, and this morning the defender Ayad Abu Abid, who was not feeling well, also joined the list.
In light of the situation, a large number of players will make their senior team debut against Malta.
Among others, Bnei Sakhnin's defender Maron Gantos, defender Or Dedia, midfielder Shay Elias and others will play.
Ofir Marciano will return to goal, and captain Beavers Natcho will return to midfield.
This is perhaps the first time that the Israeli national team takes off for a game on the same day it takes place, to allow the players to stay with their families on Rosh Hashanah Eve.
On the other hand, coach Alon Hazan took off already on Sunday morning to Malta so as not to desecrate the holiday.
Along with Hazan, the association's VP Avi Levy also took off. "Many players will get a chance, and the big stage of the Israeli national team," said the professional team and added: "It is indeed a friendly match, but we also want to win in it.
There is no such thing as an unimportant team game, and it should not be taken lightly or not given 100 percent."
"Every game is important", photo: The Football Association
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