Debut for homegrown players with senior team - Omar Farrugia played for U17 National team against Montenegro
The first home grown player who made his debut with the senior team was Joseph Fenech who played for Mqabba FC on 25th November 2007 in the Premier Division league match vs Msida SJ (3-4). Then played for other clubs in the 3rd Division and returned with Mqabba FC for the Season 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. Currently he is loaned to Qrendi FC. Christian Mifsud played also for Qrendi FC but never played for Mqabba FC. Similarly another home grown Franklin Cassar who played for Luqa SA FC and for Qrendi FC but never played for Mqabba FC senior squad. Both players were eventually released.
The Mqabba FC Youth Nursery would like to congratulate Omar Farrugia, one of our players within the Under 17 who made his first debut with parent team Mqabba FC on Sunday 1st May 2011 against Dingli.
Omar was instrumental for the third goal scored by Jean Paul Muscat from penalty in a game which Mqabba won 3-1.
Recently Omar was also selected to join the U17 Malta National Team and made his debut for Malta on Monday 24th October 2011 during the UEFA U17 Championship against the team of Montenegro. The match ended 3-0 for Montenegro while Omar made his debut in the 25th minute. Goodluck Omar!
Omar was the second player who made his debut with Mqabba FC after goalkeeper Brandon Debono, from same Under 17 team made his debut with Mqabba FC on the 3rd May 2010 in the match against Balzan Youths which match was won by Mqabba FC 1-0. Brandon made his debut at the age of 15 years.
Well done Brandon!
On Sunday 14th April 2013, it was the time for our Under 19 regular player Kurt Falzon. Kurt made his debut with Mqabba FC at the age of 17 years in the match against Naxxar which match ended 3-0 for Naxxar. Well done and keep it up Kurt!
On Saturday 20th April 2013, Ryan Vella (17 years) from the Under 17 squad and Adrian Abdilla (18 years) from our Under 19 team made their debut for Mqabba FC against Gudja United during the pre-last First Division League match held at Luxol Ground. Match ended 4-1 for Gudja. It is to note also that during this match Mqabba FC had five players from the Nursery on the pitch with Curtis Callus, Under 17 goalkeeper selected on the bench. Well done Ryan and Adrian!
During the last First Division league match against B'Bugia held on Saturday 27th April 2013 at the Centenary Stadium, Curtis Callus made his debut on the 82 minute at the age of 15 years. Match ended 5-1 for B'Bugia.
Keep it up Curtis!
On Sautrday 20sth December 2014, Jake Callus, made his debut with the senior team at the age of 16 years 11 days. Jake played for the last 17 minutes during the First Division League match against Vittoriosa FC. Mqabba lost 2-1.
On Monday 5th January 2015, both Luke Vella and Gainluca Galea from the Under 19 squad made their debut in the First Division match against Gzira. Match was held at the Centenary Stadium and ended 5-0 for Gzira Utd FC.
On Sunday 12th April 2015, the U17 captain Mark Baldacchino made his debut with the Senior Team when he played for the last 10 minutes of the First Divison league match against the already relegated B'Bugia FC. Match ended 3-0 for our side.
Sunday 17th January 2016, saw the debut of Karl Saliba with the senior team against Gudja Utd FC. Match ended with a narrow win for Gudja. Karl made his debut at the age of 17 years 343 days.
Our Under 17 promising player Christophe Cutajar, made his debut with the senior squad against Vittoriosa S FC. Christophe played for the last 25 minutes substituting Isaac Galea and made his debut at the age of 16 years 84 days. Match was held at the Centenary Stadium, Ta' Qali and ended with a narrow win (2-1) for Vittoriosa. Well done Christophe!
On Sunday 24th April 2016, it was the turn for our U17 midfielder Kyle Azzopardi to make his debut with the senior team against Gudja United FC. Kyle played for the last 15 minutes and made his debut at the age of 16 years 247 days. It is to note also that during this last match of the season five nursry grown ups were utilized - Brandon Debono defended the pole while Mark Baldacchino played in the mid field for the whole 90 minutes. Both Jake Callus and Christophe Cutajar entered as substitutes in the second half. Match ended 7-3 for our side. Well done and keep it up!
List of Honours
Debut of nursery players with senior squad
Christian Mifsud - Played for Qrendi FC (Released). Never played for Mqabba FC.
Franklin Cassar - Played for Luqa SA FC and also for Qrendi FC (Released). Never played for Mqabba FC.
Joseph Fenech - Debut with Mqabba FC on 25/11/2007. Then played for other clubs in the 3rd Division and returned with Mqabba FC for the
Season 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. Currently playing for Qrendi FC (On loan).
Brandon Debono - 03/05/2010 at the age of 15 years (Goalkeeper). Played also for Luqa SA FC while on loan.
Omar Farruiga - 01/05/2011 at the age of 17 years and played for Malta U17 National Team on 24/10/2011.
Kurt Falzon - 14/04/2013 at the age of 17 years.
Ryan Vella - 20/04/2013 at the age of 17 years.
Adrian Abdilla - 20/04/2013 at the age of 18 years.
Curtis Callus - 27/04/2013 at the age of 15 years (Goalkeeper).
Jake Callus - 20/12/2014 at the age of 16 years 11 days.
Luke Vella - 05/01/2015 at the age of 18 years.
Gianluca Galea - 05/01/2015 at the age of 17 years.
Mark Baldacchino - 12/04/2015 at the age of 16 years.
Karl Saliba - 17/01/2016 at the age of 17 years 343 days.
Christophe Cutajar - 16/04/2016 at the age of 16 years 84 days.
Kyle Azzopardi - 24/04/2016 at the age of 16 years 247 days.
We are very pleased when we see a nursery like yours progressing as you have done in these last years.
Robert Gatt, MFA Technical Centre
Ezempju sabih ghan-nurseries kollha li jehduh. Jalla n-nurseries l-ohra jiehdu l-ezempju taghhom.
Fr Hilary Tagliaferro, President Youth FA
Bhala aministrazzjoni kburi li f'dawb l-ahhar snin bdejna xi haga li hafna qabel ma kellniex.
Charles Farrugia, ex-President Mqabba FC
Thank you and keep up also the good work you are doing at Mqabba Nursery.
We are very proud of you.
Fr Hilary Tagliaferro, President Youth FA
Hidma bla waqfien minn Mqabba Nursery.
Charles Farrugia, Artikolist L-Orizzont
Prosit - Fair play fl-aqwa tieghu bil-fatti.
Joe Micallef, Secretary Youth FA
Want to thank the nursery and the club for helping him (son) keeping focused and give him the right environment.
Sport is definitely key to academic success, and by giving him all these opportunities you have a lot of credit to take for this.