Round 9

Preview: Macedonian First League – Round 9

Round 9The big derby between Vardar and Shkendija highlights this round as the other games are not attractive on paper but will be important for positioning on the table.

The defending champions Shkendija travel to Skopje to take on the club with the most trophies in Macedonian football history, Vardar.  However, just today, both clubs agreed that the fans of the visiting club will not be present at the stadium.  That means the ultras group “Balishtet” of Shkendija will not be allowed at the Fillip II Arena for the Vardar game.  As part of the agreement, Vardar’s ultra group Komiti will also not travel to Tetovo when Shkendija hosts Vardar later in the season.  The deal was reached to avoid incidents in the stands.  Shkendija will play their first game under interim manager Erhan Salimi.

In the other games, Renova battles Rabotnicki in the second most interesting game of the round.  Vlatko Kostov, the manager of Renova, will face his former team as his brief stint as Rabotnicki manager last year did not go very well.  The current leaders Metalurg have a road game in Stip against Bregalnica while the other two games played on Saturday, Napredok – Teteks and Sileks – Turnovo, are too close to call as all the teams seem to be evenly matched.

The only game scheduled for Sunday, Ohrid – 11 Oktomvri, is in jeopardy of not taking place.  The players of Ohrid have threatened to refuse playing due to unpaid wages.

Saturday:

National Arena Philip II of Macedon in Skopje, 13.00 CET
Vardar vs Shkendija
Referee: Zoran Petkovski (Veles)

Gradski Stadium in Kicevo, 15.00 CET
Napredok vs Teteks
Referee: Dimitar Meckaroski (Skopje)

Gradski Stadium in Tetovo, 15.00 CET
Renova vs Rabotnicki
Referee: Goran Spirkoski (Prilep)

Sileks Stadium in Kratovo, 15.00 CET
Sileks vs Horizont Turnovo
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Skopje)

Gradski Stadium in Stip, 15.00 CET
Bregalnica vs Metalurg
Referee: Zoran Boskov (Negotino)

Sunday:

SRC Atina Bojadzi in Ohrid, 15.00 CET
Ohrid vs 11 Oktomvri
Referee: Faton Mustafi (Tetovo)

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