National team coach Igor Angelovski revealed the squad list for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein and the friendly against Belarus.
Eventually after four month Macedonia will play some games. Liechtenstein will host the Lynx in Vaduz in a 2018 World Cup qualifier, while four days later Belarus will visit Skopje for a friendly. A great chance for celebrating some wins and moving up on the FIFA world ranking list. For that occasion the national team coach Igor Angelovski called up 22 players, later added two more.
The only big change since the last squad that travelled to Spain is the dropping of left back Leonard Zhuta. The coach for some time wasn’t satisfied with his performance in the national team and he summoned Egzon Bejtulai to take his place. Bejtulai can play in any position in the defence.
The top scorer in the Croatian top flight, Muzafer Ejupi, eventually got a call and he will hope for a chance to show his goalscoring skills in the national team as well. Also, back in the team is Ivan Trichkovski who is in great form on Cyprus.
Ezgjan Alioski won’t be part of the squad that will face Liechtenstein because of a yellow card suspension, but will join the team for the friendly against Belarus. There may be some additional calls as some of the U21 players might be released as their team will have an important friendly against Bulgaria at home as part of the 2017 EURO preparations.
Enis Bardi and Stefan Spirovski were planned to be in the squad, but they are not available because of injuries.
Two days later, on Wednesday, Pelister’s left back Kristijan Toshevski got a call up for the friendly game. It is expected to make his senior debut against Belarus.
Additionaly, Angelovski sent a call for 16-year-old midfielder Darko Churlinov who plays for the youth teams of Bundesliga side Köln. He will be in combination only for the friendly game and if given a chance may become the youngest ever player to play for Macedonia.
More changes may occur as Hasani is injured, while Bejtulai got injured during the first league encounter of his Shkendija against Bregalnica. Bejtulai was eventually rulled out od Monday and Hasani as well. Spirovski managed to recover in time and was added to the squad.
The complete squad:
Stole Dimitrevski – Gimnástic
Igor Aleksovski – Vardar
Filip Gachevski – Vardar
Stefan Ristovski – Rijeka
Egzon Bejtulai – Shkendija (injured)
Daniel Mojsov – AEK Larnaca
Vanche Shikov – Rabotnichki
Kire Ristevski – Vasas
Darko Velkovski – Vardar
Kristijan Toshevski – Pelister
Ferhan Hasani – Shkendija (injured)
Dushko Trajchevski – Rabotnichki
Nikola Gjorgjev – Grasshoppers
Boban Nikolov – Vardar
David Babunski – Yokohama F·Marinos
Aleksandar Trajkovski – Palermo
Marjan Radeski – Shkendija
Ezgjan Alioski – Lugano (suspended for Liechtenstein)
Darko Churlinov – Köln
Stefan Spirovski – Vardar
Goran Pandev – Genoa
Ilija Nestorovski – Palermo
Besart Ibraimi – Shkendija
Ivan Trichkovski – AEK Larnaca
Muzafer Ejupi – Osijek
The qualifier between Liechtenstein and Macedonia will be played on March 24 at the Rheinpark stadium in the capital city of Vaduz, the very same venue where Macedonia recorded the biggest win of 11:1 back in 1996. The match will kick-off at 20.45 CET.
On the 28th Macedonia will host Belarus in a friendly at the National Arena Philip II of Macedon in Skopje with a kick-off at 18.00 CET.