Preview: Xewkija Tigers vs Victoria Hotspurs

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Teams are split, two more rounds, six more games and the GFA 1st Division league for the season 2014/2015 would come to an end. Yet… these six games aren’t simple games. They are six finals. To add to the excitement all the remaining six games will be played in the space of six weeks so the race and the exhilarant final heart beating starts next Sunday. 

The last match which coincidently was against Victoria Hotspurs and that ended draw had its pros and cons. A draw was enough to put Xewkija as sole leaders but on the other side 3 points would have created a more convincing leadership. 

On the other hand, going back to the beginning of the second round Xewkija were 3 points adrift Nadur and now that they finished the second round’s commitments the Yellows are a point ahead so one must note the great round the Tigers have played. Albeit all of this, the last games are those which will count the most and certainly the maximum number of points must be claimed starting from next Sunday.

All the players are available for the Coach including Johnny Camilleri who is fit again. It is still unclear whether Simoncic will keep the 5-3-2 formation or revert to the usual 4-2-3-1 formation. 

Victoria Hotspurs were this season destined to challenge for the league but a bad start to the league saw them loose pace with the front runners and this fact hindered their hopes. But the talent is still there in their squad and both Xewkija and Nadur expect a hard beating against them. From the previous rounds Victoria Hotspurs managed to take a point from the two title challengers. It would not be a surprise if they manage to take more points from the front runners in the last two rounds. 

For next Sunday, Chris Buttigieg may keep the 4-4-2 diamond formation that worked successfully against the Yellows but he must manage without two important players: Ferdinando Apap and Didier Tajou. Apap is suspended after collecting the 4th yellow card of the season while Tajou was released by the club. Tajou’s release may signal the return of Moussa Bamba in the starting line-up most probably taking the place of Ferdinando Apap. Jonathan Bajada will be the engine for the Reds in the middle of the park while Xewkija loanee Rodney Buttigieg and Antoine Camilleri are expected to be the striking partners. 

This match will be the 4th match between the two teams this season with Xewkija winning twice and drawing the other. But on a higher scale, Xewkija will commemorate an important event in the Club’s rich history. This match will be the Club’s 1000th official match since their foundation in 1939. For this special occasion the players will wear a commemorative gear that will be used only for this particular match. Congratulations Xewkija Tigers family!

The game will be played next Sunday 8th March 2015 at the Gozo Stadium. Kick-off time: 13:00.

Statistics

Games played against Victoria Hotspurs: 100

Xewkija T. wins: 42

Draws: 25

Victoria H. wins: 33

 

Condolences to Family Azzopardi

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Xewkija Tigers FC offer their most sincere condolences to ex-Captain of Xewkija Tigers Charlie Azzopardi and Family on the loss of Anthony Azzopardi. May God fill you with strength and peace during this hard time. 

Rest in Peace Anthony.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:19 )

 

Now on Sale: The 1000th Game Anniversary Gear

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 All matches are important at this stage of the league campaign but Next Sunday's match will also be a special occasion for our club - the club's 1000th official match. For this match our players will wear an occassional gear that will be also launched for our supporters. 

But attention! Only a limited number will be for sale on a first come first served basis. So hurry up and book your 1000th official match gear. Special occassions come by once in a lifetime. 

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:06 )

 

Regulation of 'Smoke Canisters' and 'Fire Explosive Devices'

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Xewkija Tigers were duly informed by GFA that lately  during competetive matches it was noticed that 'Smoke Canisters' and 'Fire Explosive Devices' were thrown onto the pitch and other places in the Gozo Stadium easily affecting Supporters, Players and even damaging artificial turf installed.

GFA stated that as from next match fines will be imposed on Clubs that its supporters will be found guilty of used explosive devices in any part of the stadium/football ground, or thrown stones, bottles and similar objects on other supporters/spectators.

Xewkija Tigers FC Committee will not be held responsible for any irresponsabile act from any Xewkija Fans.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 February 2015 05:46 )

 

Condolences to Family Attard

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Xewkija Tigers FC offer their most sincere condolences to Family Attard, for the loss of Carmel Attard. May God fill you with strength and peace during this hard time. 

Carmel known with us at the Clubhouse as 'Nenu' was a very active member of Xewkija Tigers Football Club and followed the team daily and in every match. 

May he Rest in Peace.

 

'Mixed Grill' at the Clubhouse

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On Friday 27th February 2015, at 8PM onwards a 'Mixed Grill' is going to be held at the Clubhouse. Come enjoy our company and some delicious food and at the same time you will be helping Xewkija Tigers F.C. Those interested can call on 99408295 or book with a committee member.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 February 2015 05:48 )

 

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