Malta’s preparations for their upcoming UEFA Nations League Group D3 match against the Faroe Islands were dealt a blow after their flight to the Faroe Islands turned back this afternoon because of technical issues.
Maltese news website independent.com.mt writes that “the flight…was scheduled to leave at 10am and instead left at noon. But a few minutes into the flight the aircraft captain decided to return back to Luqa because of a technical issue.”
There were around 70 passengers on the flight. It is not known when it will depart again, adds the Maltese webpage.
The match between the Faroe Islands and Malta will be played on Friday, September 7, starting at 19.45.
In the other Group D3 match on Friday night, Azerbaijan will take on Kosovo.
In a press conference prior to announcing his squad, Faroese national team coach Mr. Lars Olsen stated that the Faroe Islands have a real chance of winning the group. However, Mr. Olsen also pointed out that the Faroese players need to be humble and hard-working if they are to achieve that goal.
Every team will face off against the teams in their group home and away, with the winner of the group being promoted for the following season. The winner of the group will also qualify for a play-off in March 2020, with one Euro 2020 place on offer.