Stratev announces squad for qualifying closure

Macedonia before the Bulgaria friendlyInterim manager Zoran stratev announced a 24 player squad for the last two 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Serbia.

Stratev will try to impress the FFM leadership as interim manager in the final two qualifying games in order to remain at the helm moving forward.  Stratev stated in a press conference that he does want to become permanent manager, and will use these games to showcase himself to FFM.

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In order to achieve good results on the last two games, both away, Stratev called up 3 players that weren’t in the last squad, among which includes one debutant in U21 left back Ezgjan Alioski of Swiss second division side Schauffhausen. Besides Alioski, returning to the squad are Muhamed Demiri, who has recovered following a lengthy injury, as well as the best player from the domestic league in Turnovo’s Dejan Blazhevski. Stratev dropped defenders Aleksandar Lazevski and Daniel Ivanovski, while Goran Popov and Ferhan Hasani remain outside out of the national team.

Tome Pachovski – Mechelen Belgium
Darko Tofiloski – Košice Slovakia
Kristijan Naumovski – Dinamo București Romania

Boban Grncharov – Botev Plovdiv Bulgaria
Stefan Ristovski – Latina Italy
Nikolche Noveski – Mainz Germany
Vanche Shikov – Volyn Ukraine
Daniel Georgievski – Steaua Romania
Daniel Mojsov – Brann Norway
Ezgjan Alioski – Schaffhausen Switzerland

Muhamed Demiri – St. Gallen Switzerland
Nikola Gligorov – Xəzər Azerbaijan
Ostoja Stjepanovikj
– Wisła Poland
Predrag Rangjelovikj – Jagodina Serbia
David Babunski – Barcelona B Spain
Darko Tasevski – Ironi Kiryat Shmona Israel

Adis Jahovikj – Vorskla Ukraine
Ivan Trichkovski
– Waasland-Beveren Belgium
Aleksandar Trajkovski – Mechelen Belgium
Goran Pandev
– Napoli Italy
Mirko Ivanovski – Astra Romania
Agim Ibraimi – Cagliari Italy
Jovan Kostovski – Leuven Belgium
Dejan Blazhevski – Turnovo Macedonia

Macedonia will first visit Wales on 11 October, and then travel to Serbia four days later.

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