Ahead of Saturday’s match between Armenia and Gibraltar, we caught up with Gibraltar international and Lincoln attacker Kyle Casciaro, who makes his return to the national squad.
Casciaro, who could make his first national appearance in over a year, was recalled to the national team by Julio Ribas, so we asked him how he felt being back in the international fold: “It feels good to be back representing my country. Also, meeting up with football friends that I don’t see regularly. I can never get bored of the international experience”
Last season, the Gib international, who has 23 caps since Gibraltar joined UEFA, dropped down a division to play for FC Olympique on loan – we asked Casciaro for his thoughts on his spell there: “The loan move was good to keep myself fit. We had a strong squad but unfortunately we lost out by 1 point to be champions and get promoted to the Premier Division.”
With the team arriving in Armenia on Tuesday night, the squad have had ample time together in Yerevan – so how is the mood in the camp? “The camp is great. The players, coaches and staff are all positive and very close together. We are looking to gain our first point/points.”
Joining up with the national team sees Casciaro re-unite with Julio Ribas, who he of course worked with extensively at Lincoln – what are the Lincoln attacker’s thoughts on his current national and ex-club manager? “Julio, as everyone knows, is an extremely passionate man. He gives his 100% every day to help improve the squad and GFA. Personally, he is the right coach to move the squad that next positive step upwards.”