Macedonia will play its last game this year in an interesting clash away to the most populated country in the world, China.
Wednesday at 12.30 CET or 19.30 local time, Macedonia will face China in a friendly game. National team coach Mirsad Jonuz will have a chance to test many players in this friendly as the team that is currently in China is concluded of young players, debutants, reserves and players from the Macedonian First League. While Jonuz will test players, China will prepare their team for the upcoming 2011 AFC Asian Cup that in January will be held in Qatar.
Jonuz today announced the starting 11 that will start the game: Martin Bogatinov (gk); Aleksandar Todorovski, Zlatko Tanevski, Daniel Mojsov, Aleksandar Lazevski; Nikola Gligorov, Muhamed Demiri, Armend Alimi, Borce Manevski; Bajram Fetai, Hristijan Kirovski. You can view the complete Macedonian squad for this game here.
“From the game against Estonia we could notice that the Chinese national team is concluded of fast and well prepared players who are as well good in technic. They will play at home in front of their own fans, but that doesn’t mean that they are in advantage. Our players have adapted to the time difference and Chinese climate and are well motivated to proove that are capable of handling quality teams like the Chinese. The temperature is 20-22 degrees and is great for playing football and I believe we will see few goals. This is only a test game for both teams so the psicological pressure will be minimal. I expect serious play by our players as if this is a qualification game.” – said Jonuz for FFM’s web site.
China beat Estonia few days ago with 3:0. Scorers were Du Wei, Yu Hai and Yang Xu. Macedonian have already played China, twice and both away as well. Once draw and one defeat if the score, with no golas scored in the Chinese net.
27.01.2004 China – Macedonia 0:0
29.01.2004 China – Macedonia 1:0
The Chinese team, who is currently ranked 87th at the newest FIFA Ranking List, is a total mistery for the Macedonian fans. Maybe they remember only Qu Bo who played at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea/Japan. You can view the complete squad of China here.
The game is going to be played at the Yuexiushan Stadium who has a capacity of 35.000 fans and is located in the city of Guangzhou that is also known as Canton.