Despite only calling up 18 players for the trip to Moscow on 8 September and the Skopje encounter with Estonia four days later, Srecko Katanec has decided to dispense with Nikoloski and Naumoski, who have both been ever-present in the qualification campaign to date.Â
With under average performance by both sides which were hit by withdrawals and missed some of their biggest stars, the attendance on the Gradski stadium saw an unenertaining match with no goals. The most entertaining part of the night for the Macedonian football fans was the power failure which interrupted the match for almost half
After the announced Macedonian squad with some key players left out because of injuries and tiredness, the Nigerian coach Berti Vogts was also forced to make some changes in his squad because of injuries and administrative problems.
Goran Pandev, Nikolce Noveski and Aleksandar Mitreski have been removed from the Macedonian national team for the friendly match against Nigeria because of tirednes and slight injuries. Dusan Savic, Vance Sikov and Vanco Trajanov are their substitutions.
The Nigerian coach Berti Vogts has named the list players for the friendly against Macedonia that will be played on August 22nd in Skopje. Martins, Utaka, Makinwa, Mikel, Yobo… among the 21 players, all playing in foreign leagues. Ikechukwu Uche from Getafe is the only new name in the Nigerian squad.
Srecko Katanec, the coach of the national football team of Macedonia, announced the squad of 18 players for the friendly match against Nigeria that will be played in Skopje on 22nd August. Georgievski, Grncarov and Baldovaliev are the new names in the Macedonian team.
The Macedonian Football Federation is finishing the negotiations with the Nigerian Football Associatiation for scheduling a friendly match that will be played on Wednesday, 22 August 2007 on the "Gradski" stadium in Skopje.
The Macedonian Football Federation has canceled the South American tour. Macedonian national team with combined team and under the name of Macedonia B leaded by Misad Jonuz was supposed to play friendly matches against Peru and Venezuela on 13th and 17th June.
After the disappointing result from the match against Israel, the daily Macedonian sports newspaper "Makedonski Sport" made an article with the opinion of four former coaches of the Macedonian national team: Nikola Ilievski, Gjoko Hadzievski, Dragan Kanatlarovski and Gjore Jovanovski.
Macedonian national team continued continued their bad run on home played matches with another defeat. Israel won important points in Skopje to keep the pressure up on Croatia, Russia and England for qualifying for the Euro 2008 from Group E.Â