The quest to make a historic after his debut in Malta for Liberian defender Adolphus Nagbe Marshall was dealt a blow at the just ended 2017-2018 Malta 2nd Division Awards some weeks ago after he narrowly missed out .
Marshall, a player of Gudja United, was nominated in the best player of the year award after two weeks in the league ,after his team was crowned champions of the 2017-18 Malta Second Division League and gained promotion to the first division.According to the official Maltese League statistic for the Liberian international of his 22 appearance , he scored 3 goals received 2 yellow card s and 2 red cards .He also extended his contract in April 2018 for Gudja United .
He has to compete with 24-year-old Maltese midfielder, Roderick Taliana, who plays for Swieqi United and 24-year-old Colombian defender, Sebastiano Perdomo, of Santa Lucia. The Liberia defender lost the award to Santa Lucia player Sebastino Perdomo ,at the grand event held some weeks ago in Malta while on vacation in Liberia .
Marshall, played a major role in his club’s promotion to the Maltese 1st Division . Despite this awards has always been for forwards and midfielders,the Liberian international according to our local source made it there due to his outstanding performances during the season.
His hard work in defense helped the club concede few goals; he also scored three important goals to help Gudja clinch the league’s title.The center-defender who also plays at left-back was full of praises for his teammates and coaching staff after being nominated for the top award.
Speaking to a local website in Liberia ,he attributed his nomination to a team work , and hard work of the coaching staff as well as his teammates that he was able to play well during the season.“As any footballer, I am excited to be nominated for such award. I hope to win it,” he said. “God first, but my coaching staff and teammates helped me settle in. It was just my first year in European football and I have managed to reach this stage. It’s only the tireless efforts from my teammates and coaching staffs that help me through.”
Marshall ended his seven years of playing professional football in Indonesia when he joined Gudja for the 2017 summer transfer window as a free agent. He joined the club on a one-year deal with the option of extension at the end of the season which he has extended up to 2020.
Louis Micallef, the long-serving Malta FA Deputy General Secretary, and Gozitan footballer Brian Meilak were presented with the President’s Award by MFA President Norman Darmanin Demajo in recognition of their contribution to football.
Matteo Piciollo’s goal in Valletta’s 2-1 FA Trophy semi-final win over Balzan was voted as the best goal for season 2017-18.
Football For Life was the theme of this year’s awards night and the features shown on the night paid tribute to the work of the football administrators, the Malta FA’s social responsibility initiatives and the history of the championship trophies.
Former referees Anthony Briguglio and Sammy Attard were honoured by the Malta FA Referees’ Department.
MFA Footballer of the Year: Andrew Cohen (Gżira United)
Coach Of the Year: Darren Abdilla (Gżira United)
Young Player of the Year: Jake Grech (Birkirkara)
Foreign Player of the Year: Amadou Samb (Gżira United)
First Division Best Player: Dylan Agius (Pietà Hotspurs)
Second Division Best Player: Sebastian Perdomo (Sta Lucia)
Third Division Best Player: Edward Wileman (Sta Venera Lightnings)
Women’s League Best Player: Dorianne Theuma (Hibernians)
Best Youth League Player: Jan Busuttil (Pietà Hotspurs)
GFA Player of the Year: Christian Mercieca (Victoria Hotspurs)
Futsal Player of the Year: Jovica Milijic (Valletta Futsal Club)
Best Fans Award: Valletta
Fair Play Award: Pietà Hotspurs
Best Goal Award: Matteo Piciollo (Valletta vs Balzan – FA Trophy semi-final)