Mirsad Jonuz announced the squad for the friendly match against Malta, scheduled for 11.08 in La Valletta.
In a short statement given to FFM’s official website, Jonuz pointed out that this match is the last before the actual beginning of the qualifications tournament and it should prove as a good test. Although the players cannot be in ‘top-form’ as it is only pre-season, Macedonia will try out tactics that should not only match Malta, but be a practice before the first match in the qualifications against Slovakia in Bratislava on 3rd of September.
Velice Sumulikoski and Filip Despotovski are the only two players that have no club at the moment, but both of them are trying hard to find and latest information speak that Velice is on a trial in Cristal Palace, England. Here is the 18-players list.
Tome Pacovski – Germinal Beerschot, Belgium
Edin Nuredinoski – Ethnikos Achnas, Cyprus
Vance Sikov – Ethnikos Achnas, Cyprus
Boban Grncarov – APOEL, Cyprus
Igor Mitreski – Neftçi, Azerbaijan
Nikolce Noveski – Mainz 05, Germany
Armend Alimi – Istra 1961, Croatia
Vlade Lazarevski – Lokomotiv Astana, Kazakhstan
Goran Popov – Dinamo Kyiv, Ukraine
Slavco Georgievski – Neftçi, Azerbaijan
Mario Gjurovski – Vojvodina, Serbia
Velice Sumulikoski – no club
Filip Despotovski – no club
Goran Pandev – Internazionale Milano, Italy
Ivan Trickovski – APOEL, Cyprus
Besart Ibraimi – Schalke 04, Germany
Ilco Naumoski – SV Mattersburg, Austria
Aco Stojkov – FC Aarau, Switzerland
Macedonian squad for the first time will be without Goce Sedloski. Aleksandar Todorovski and Vlatko Grozdanoski have also not been called up, just like Mensur Kurtisi and Dusan Savić. Besart Ibraimi will have a chance up-front together with Naumoski and Stojkov who have been left out of the squad for the last 2 friendlies against Azerbaijan and Romania.