Maccabi Petah Tikva, which finished last season in fifth place, will tonight (Sunday) open its pre-season training ahead of leaving in ten days for a training camp in Austria. Last Friday, all the team players were summoned for medical and orthopedic tests as well as various stress tests prior to the start of training.
Coach Guy Luzon, who has not yet completed the staff train craft, is now primarily looking for players for the front. So far, only midfielder Nico Olsk, who played for Betar Jerusalem last season, Ben Reichert, who was relegated to Hapoel Kfar Saba, midfielder James Adney, who played for Hapoel Kiryat Shmona two seasons ago, and striker Miko Maman, who came from Hapoel Ramat Gan, have been added.
The key question in terms of building the squad is whether striker Liel Abda will stay for another season, or be sold to one of the biggest clubs following him in Europe. Abda’s name has been mentioned as a candidate for several teams, but so far no official offer has reached Luzon’s table and currently, the striker is set to start the season in the Malabes uniform.
Quite a few players left the team during the summer, including Thai Baribo who wanted to leave in order to move and play abroad. Deputy goalkeeper Dor Hebron and midfielder Or Sabag and Or Inbrom were also released. Petah Tikva will also undergo a significant change in its foreign status Last season – Morgan Fryer, Josie Lupta, Elvis Saki and Arroyo – were released and in their place are looking for new foreigners.