FOOTBALL STAR RETURNS FOR EXHIBITION MATCH

Former Maltese footballer Carmel Busuttil (il-Bużu), will be one of the guest players during next Sunday’s awaited exhibition match between Valletta F.C. and Manchester Reds Legends XI. The top footballer scored 213 goals throughout his career, 23 of which for Malta’s National Team. He spent four years as Captain at Belgian football club K.R.C. Genk, finishing as the club’s top-scorer for three years. In Malta, Busuttil won three Premier Leagues, two Maltese Cups, and four Maltese Super Cups between 1984 and 2000.

Il-Buzu in action

Busuttil will be playing with Manchester Reds Legends XI, who are facing Valletta FC. Manchester Reds Legends XI players are all former international football stars who played with Manchester United F.C. between 1971 and 2008, winning many Premier League titles, FA Cups and Champions’ Leagues between them. The match is a part of the European Capital of Culture year, with all proceeds going towards the Ursuline Sisters’ Creche, Angela House in Gwardamangia, which works with Maltese children and families in need.

Manchester United ex-players coming to Malta for this game include Wes Brown, Raimond Van Der Gouw, Ronny Johnsen, and manager Jimmy Greenhoff. These former international football stars were all part of Manchester United at some point between 1971 and 2008, winning many Premier League titles, FA Cups and Champions’ Leagues between them. Rabat Ajax striker Malcolm Licari will also be joining Manchester Reds Legends XI as a guest player, together with Carmel Busuttil.

Playing for Valletta F.C. are former local football stars including ex-goalkeeper Reggie Cini, ex-midfielder Nicky Saliba, and current Valletta F.C. Assistant Manager Gilbert Agius, who scored 117 goals for Valletta between 1990 and 2012. Sean Sullivan, Ray Mifsud,  Joe Camilleri, Jeffrey Chetcuti, Stefan Giglio, Nardu Farrugia, Keith Fenech, Frankie Grima, Joe Zarb, Ivan Zammit, Carlos Dimech, Ray Sciberras, Ian Zammit, Jeremy Agius, Melchior Cremona, Chris Camilleri, Shaun Bajada, Joe Micallef and Eddie Vella will join them. Between them, these players won several Premier Leagues and Maltese Cups.

The match will take place at the Centenary Stadium in Ta’ Qali on Sunday 9th September at 6.30 pm.