Rabotnichki adds and releases 5 players

The red and white team so far strengthened the squad with five newcomers, three players signed new contracts, while also five were let go.

photo by FK Rabotnichki: the players on their first training session for the new season

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Experienced midfielder Oliver Peev was the first reinforcement for Rabotnichki right after the 2017/18 season ended. He comes after an adventure in Greek third league side Diagoras from the island of Rhodos. Formerly part of Pelister, Metalurg, Shkendija, Teteks, and Vardar he is already too much familiar with the Macedonian top flight.

For the front line Rabotnichki brought back Filip Petkovski who captained Skopje the past half-season. The 28-year-old versatile attacker played for the Debar Maalo side in the period between 2008 and 2012.

Together with Petkovski from Skopje arrived 23-year-old Congolese left back Joël Fey d’Or Bopesu. After coming in Macedonia during the winter break as an anonymous player, he impressed with his form playing the full 90 minutes in all 18 games adding 1 goal and 3 assists. Before coming to Skopje he player for French lower league sides Calais, Epinal, Arles and Châteauroux. He also hold a French passport.

Joël Bopesu on his presentation; photo: FK Rabotnichki

The other two newcomers also arrive from the southern neighbor. Serbian midfielder Ljubomir Stevanović (31) comes from second league side Doxa after playing in Greece for four years. Interestingly, in the summer of 2014 he went to play in Greece after being part of Metalurg for three years so he is well familiar with the Macedonian league. His fellow country men Dušan Stević played for Panserraikos with whom he got relegated into the third league. He is 22-year-old, plays as right back and had started his career at Radnički 1923 from Kragujevac.

Aside from the new players, the club extended the contract of some of the current players. Keeper Daniel Bozhinovski signed for another two years, while midfielder Ostoja Stjepanovikj and central defender Dean Mitrev extender their contract for an additional year. Also, manager Gjore Jovanovski will continue to lead the team in the new season as well.

There have been five departures so far. Albanian defender Gëzim Krasniqi and Serbian right back Igor Krmar were released after they failed to prove their qualities in the past season. Teenage striker Bojan Miovski moved across the northern border into Zemun from Belgrade, while Brazilian offensive midfielder Serginho returns to Albanian side Skënderbeu after his loan deal ended. There are other two attackers in Viktor and Nigerian Geoffrey Chinedu who are also at the club on loan and whose deals end this month, but they may extend their stay.

Huge disappointment for the fans is the release of Montenegrin U21 national team defender Momčilo Rašo. It is unknown why the club went separate ways with one of its best players.

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