The players of Maccabi Netanya celebrated for many minutes yesterday (Wednesday) in the dressing room their qualification to the final of the Toto Cup, after the dramatic victory in penalties 4:5 over Hapoel Hadera.
The hero of the game, goalkeeper Itamar Nitzan, who stopped one of the penalties, referred to the difficult period he went through when he did not play before the break and said: "Only those who were athletes with a long career can identify with the crises we experience, and there are a million of them during a career. The best among us can free ourselves from these crises quickly My whole career is a career of fighting and nothing comes easy to me and I have to accept it. I'm having fun here, there are players here that I'm ready to 'die' for."
Nitzan referred to this as the roller coaster the team is going through and the goals for the rest of the season and said: "Clearly, the expectations of us have not changed. There is a squad here that is worth going beyond the top playoffs. I have a lot of faith in this team. We are a team from the top of Israeli football. It faltered a little at the beginning, but now Football is positive and we will win on every field"
Netanya intends to strengthen in January with three - four players instead of the players who will leave such as Michael Ohana, Yuval Ashkenazi, Florian Hartertz and Erich Barko.
Coach Ran Kozhuk clarified that a decision was made at the club that the four will not be part of the squad at this stage, even though the team is still paying them wages.
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