B. Babunski and A. Trajkovski; photo: ffm-mk.com

U21 squad announced for November qualifiers

B. Babunski and A. Trajkovski; photo: ffm-mk.comManager Boban Babunski has called up 24 players for the upcoming qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Norway.

Filip Pivkovski, whose agent announced that he has accepted an invitation to play for the Macedonia U21 national team, was still not given clearance to play, so he was not among the 24 players called up.  Instead, Babunski will rely on the return of players such as Stefan Ristovski, Ezgjan Alioski, David Babunski and Aleksandar Trajkovski, among others, to get positive results from the two November qualifiers.  Those four players all return to the U21 team from the senior national team, who did not schedule a friendly for November.

Half of the 24 players are based from the domestic league, with Rabotnichki leading the way with four of their players on the squad.

Stole Dimitrievski – Granada Spain
Dejan Iliev – Arsenal youth team England
Andreja Efremov – Metalurg Macedonia

Stefan Ristovski – Latina Italy
Kristijan Toshevski – Teteks Macedonia
Ezgjan Alioski – Schaffhausen Switzerland
Stefan Ashkovski – Donji Srem Serbia
Dino Najdoski – Rabotnichki Macedonia
Gjoko Zajkov – Rabotnichki Macedonia
Hristijan Dragarski – Pelister Macedonia
Leonard Zhuta – Häcken Sweden
Visar Musliu – Renova Macedonia

David Babunski – Barcelona B Spain
Darko Micevski – OFK Beograd Serbia
Kire Markoski – Rabotnichki Macedonia
Boban Nikolov – Viitorul Romania
Martin Blazhevski – Vardar Macedonia
Darko Velkovski – Rabotnichki Macedonia

Aleksandar Trajkovski – Mechelen Belgium
Marjan Radeski – Metalurg Macedonia
Besmir Bojku – Makedonija Gjorche Petrov Macedonia
Dorian Babunski – Real Madrid youth team Spain
Filip Naumchevski – Horizont Turnovo Macedonia

Macedonia U21 will first face their counterparts from Azerbaijan on 15 November and then square off against Norway four days later on 19 November.  Both games will be played at the Phillip II Arena in Skopje.  Macedonia U21 has already played these two opponents on the road in this qualifying cycle, drawing 0:0 away to Azerbaijan and losing 1:2 in Norway.

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