Outgoing Blagoja Milevski has announced his last squad list as U21 national team coach. He will lead the team in two road friendlies against Azerbaijan later this month.
photo by Filip Zdraveski: Milevski (R) with spokesman Zlatko Andonovski
The U21s are free from qualifications duty in the following period so they have arranged two test matches against their Azeri counterparts. Both games will be played in the opponents’ capital city of Baku with the first scheduled for the 24th, while the second for the 27th, both this month.
But what is important for us is that these games will be last for coach Blagoja Milevski. He lead the U21s for 4 years in which he put his name into the Macedonian football history by taken the previous generation to the 2017 U21 EURO in Poland. He decided to end the national team challenge and take over a club. He already signed with Israeli top flight team Ashdod for whom he played three seasons as a player in the beginning of this century.
For this occasion 22 players have been summoned. Esmin Lichina, Emil Abaz Elif Elmas and Dimitar Mitrovski were planned for these matches but due to injuries had to cancel.
“I feel that I need a new challenge in my career. I had two other offers earlier that I have rejected, but now I simply have the feeling that I have reached the maximum here.” – Milevski explained the main reason why he leaves the national team.
There is a possibility for Milevski not to lead the team in these two matches. FFM will decide, if they appoint a new coach on time the newcomer will have his debut in Azerbaijan, if not than Milevski will remain in charge. At the moment there are no firm favorites for taking the coaching position.
Riste Jankov – Rabotnichki
Tomás Martins Bozhinovski – Paços de Ferreira
Hristijan Stevkovski – Skopje
Agron Rufati – Lokomotiva
Nehar Sadiki – Rabotnichki
Filip Trajanovski – GAIS
Oliver Stojmenovski – Borec
Todor Todoroski – Vardar
Mihail Manevski – Bregalnica
Vane Jovanov – Bregalnica
Filip Antovski – Vardar
Davor Zdravkovski – AEL
Daniel Milovanovikj – Akademija Pandev
Jani Atanasov – Akademija Pandev
Mile Todorov – Novi Grad
Kristian Trajcheski – Gafanha
Omar Imeri – Shkupi
Milan Ristovski – Rijeka
Kristijan Trapanovski – Tatran
Marco Ferukoski – Kickers Offenbach
Darko Churlinov – Köln
Stefan Bogdanovski – Spartak