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Babunski announced U21 squad for upcoming friendlies

Macedonian U21 national team, national team manager Boban Babunski announced the squad for the upcoming friendlies against Netherlands and Albania, as well as the two early June qualifiers away to Faroe Islands and Denmark.

The Macedonian U21 national team will play two friendly matches in the Austrian city of Innsbruck, to serve as preparation for the two qualifiers in early June.  Netherlands will be Macedonia’s first opponent tomorrow at 19.00 CET while three days later, the youth national team plays against its counterparts from Albania.

“These friendlies will be an excellent test before the qualifiers against Faroe Islands on the 1st of June, and then against Denmark 4 days later.  We need a win against Faroe Islands so we can enter the Denmark match with as much confidence as possible.  Spirovski, Hasani, Ristovski, Fazli, Tahiri and Urdinov should join us after the senior national team match against Portugal, and we should be complete for the most important match of the season” – said Zoran Boshkovski, Babunski’s assistant, before further adding:  “The matches against the Netherlands and Albania will be good for players who did not play too much in the past, and also for those who are born in 1992 because they will have the right to play in the next qualifications cycle.”

Babunski has decided to call up some rarely used players such as Risto Mitrevski, Vlatko Drobarov and Simeon Hristov.  All three of those players have been on the U21 squad before but have not received much playing time.  Once again, David Babunski and Filip Timov were included in the squad, while Aleksandar Trajkovski will look to impress after he missed the earlier qualifier this month due to having the flu.  The new names on the team are Filip Najdovski of Napredok, Darko Micevski of Rabotnichki, Bojan Gjorgievski of Skonto and Eldis Bajrami who plays his football in Austria.

Here is the full squad summoned by Babunski:

Filip Gachevski – Kapfenberg, Austria
Stole Dimitrievski – Cádiz, Spain

Kire Ristevski – Bylis Ballsh, Albania
Goran Bogdanovic – Rabotnichki
Vladica Brdarovski – Rabotnichki
Stefan Ashkovski – Teleoptik, Serbia
Bojan Gjorgievski – Skonto, Latvia
Risto Mitrevski – Teteks
Vlatko Drobarov – Napredok

Goran Siljanovski – Renova
Zeni Husmani – Šibenik, Croatia
Darko Micevski – Rabotnichki
Filip Najdoski – Napredok
David Babunski – Barcelona, Spain
Eldis Bajrami – Rapid Wien, Austria

Aleksandar Trajkovski – Zulte Waregem, Belgium
Marjan Altiparmakovski – Xanthi, Greece
Ilija Nestorovski – Metalurg
Filip Timov – Impuls, Armenia
Simeon Hristov – Egri, Hungary

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