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Erion's Albanian Call Up

Young defender away on international duty

25 March 2022

It’s not just the first team squad who have received international call ups this week. Defender Erion Zabeli has also received recognition with a call up for the Albania Under-19 squad for their game against Kosovo.

Erion is a first-year scholar with the U’s and his call up is recognition of plenty of hard work this year, as coach Chris Hackett told us.

“Erion is a centre-half who has played regularly for the under 17s. He is quick, he reads the game well and he will hopefully benefit from the experience of being away with an international team again. He is only 17 so he is playing two years up, which is only going to help his development.”

Erion’s call up means that the under-18 side will once again be a very young group for their game at home to AFC Bournemouth at the Bangkok Glass Training Centre tomorrow, as they continue their Merit League campaign.

“We have been giving our under 16s some game time with an eye on next year, plus a few trialists,” Chris said. “They have done well and with a number of under 18s out on loan it means the younger lads are having to learn quickly.”

James Golding, fresh from signing his professional deal, has returned to Banbury United on loan until the end of the season.

United loans

Joel Cooper Port Vale
Leon Chambers-Parillon Slough Town
Tyler Goodrham Slough Town
James Golding Banbury United
Kie Plumley Faversham
Josh Anifowose Tooting and Mitcham
Slavi Spasov North Leigh
Eddie Brearey St Ives
Ben Watt St Ives
Gatlin O'Donkor Oxford City

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