Draw against China on the second friendly in Jinan

Published on 23 Јуни, 2014 in News, News

The Macedonian A national team composed of players from the domestic championship played a goalless draw against China in the second friendly game.

The Macedonian A national team played excellent in defence at the game in Jinan. We were fully in control of the situation played on our half and we didn't leave anything to chance disabling the opponent in the intentions to create more serious threats towards to goal of Andreja Efremov. The ball possession was in favour of the Chinese, but the team of Gjurovski managed to make serious efforts on the goal through the chances of Simonovski, Kire Makovski and Avramovski. The manager Gjurovski made few changes in the starting team from the first game in Shen yang, putting Efremovski on the goal in stead of Naumovski, substituting Blagoja Ljamcevski with Kire Markoski and Baze Ilijoski with Marko Simonovski on the front line. He also expressed his satisfaction with the play, pointing out that the players that were called for the friendly games in China gave their best to present Macedonian football with the deserved dignity.

- I would like to congratulate the players for their efforts and the skills displayed at these games - they did a good job. I believe that we had a successful tour, especially if we have in mind the number of training sessions we had, the adjustment to the conditions in China and the change of the time zones. I have a feeling that the disappointment is present because we weren't able to score, but we have to have in mind that this team is composed of mainly young players that are going to have a big benefit of this international experience . I think that we have a lot of positive input from these two games, and some of the players are already imposing themselves as possible solutions for the A national team, if they continue their progress and if they follow the positive football codex that the modern football requires. I sincerely believe that a bright future is awaiting them. I wish all the players a lot of success in the forthcoming season, and we are going to follow their progress in the preparations for the EURO 2016 qualifications - stated Gjurovski, coach of the A national team.

In the goalless draw, the Macedonian A national team played with the following line-up: Efremov, Siljanovski, Velkovski (Ljamcevski), Damcevski, Cuculi, Avramovski (Bojku), Lena (R.Markoski), Najdenov (Abdula), K.Markoski (Radevski), Todorovski, Simonovski (Ilijoski).

A National Team