Ahead of Monday night’s fixture between Manchester 62 and Mons Calpe, Football Gibraltar caught up with futsal International and new Mons Calpe signing Naoufal El Andaloussi about his experience in last weekend’s UEFA Futsal Euro qualifiers, his move to the newly-promoted Premier Division side and more.
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Last weekend, Gibraltar took on Sweden and Montenegro in the 2018 UEFA Futsal Euro Preliminary Round Group G, with the Balkan nation qualifying for the second stage of qualifying by comprehensively beating both Gib and Sweden on consecutive days. When asked about the the performance’s of the two teams Gib played against, El Andaloussi said: “Well, I think Montenegro has done great, not to say Sweden haven’t performed well but I could say theses teams have been always competing in top level, you can tell there’s a lot of dedication & experienced players in the team, such intensity and they are dangerous in their set of plays.”
The attacker, who also represents Glacis in futsal, scored in the game against Montenegro; a clever header that looped over the onrushing Montenegrin keeper to give the Gib fans something to cheer. We asked El Andaloussi about his own performances: “On a personal level I would say my performance in futsal was great, most of the experience to represent your nation is outstanding. Attending away games (Gibraltar played Switzerland in two away warm up friendlies) was very vital before euros took place; it helped as a way to gain confidence.”
On Deadline Day, El Andaloussi made a swap in the 11-a-side game, moving from Gib United to fellow Premier Division side Mons Calpe. What was the reasoning for the move? As it turns out, it was simply: “I wanted to go for a new challenge.”
After representing the futsal international team, and making the move to a top half Premier Division side, there is the potential for El Andaloussi to eventually make the national football team. We asked him about his own opinion of being able to make it into Jeff Wood’s squad: “Playing for the football national team needs a lot of commitment and hard work, which this past year I found difficult to cope with training, now due to a futsal break i will have more chance to train and play more.”