This morning, a news conference, organised by the women’s team of San Ġiljan Ozo Group ASC, who are preparing for the Knock Out final against Sliema ASC, was held at the offices of Ozo Group in Qormi.

 

 

The CEO of Ozo Group, Fabio Muscat, opened the news conference, and mentioned that Ozo Group, one of the leading companies in the hospitality and services industry, is honored to sponsor the San Ġiljan women’s team for the second year running. Fabio Muscat said that “all the employees of Ozo Group, are proud of this sponsorship because it serves as an opportunity to give added value to the community.” He also stated that it is an honor for the company to be associated with a club “which, as we are seeing this season, continued to show great potential.” In his message, the CEO of Ozo Group stated that “this sponsorship is much more than financial support and is seen as an investment in equality, an investment in the importance of sport in society, as well as encouraging the participation of women in sport in general but in particular in water polo.” As the final of the Knock-Out is just over 24 hours away, Fabio Muscat wished San Ġiljan ASC every success for this final and for the rest of the season.

 

 

The news conference was also addressed by Brian Schembri, a member of the San Ġiljan ASC committee in charge of the academy and the girls’ teams. Brian Schembri said that the team’s goal is to continue to be competitive, and to be the best team in Malta. Apart from that, he stressed that he wants the club to continue to be inclusive while continuing to encourage more girls to approach the game of waterpolo. Schembri, thanked Ozo Group for the financial support and said that without these arrangements, it would not have been possible for the club to reach its ambitions. In his message, the coach of the team, Gordan Zammit, said that this sport requires a lot of funds and stressed that he is happy to coach a team with the aim of the players reaching international levels. He said that he is very happy with the commitment of his players, who will do everything to win this final, although he stated that the team, has bigger plans for the future.

The Captain of San Ġiljan Ozo Group, Stephanie Tanti Desjardin, who was voted ‘Player of the Year’ in the past years, said that the level of the sport is rising and more girls are playing waterpolo. She emphasized that the motivation of the team is not only to win but to encourage more children to approach this sport. When she spoke about tomorrow’s final, Stephanie Tanti Desjardin said that the team is working hard but knows that the game can go either way and that it will be a difficult one in particular due to the fact that the team trains in sea water and will  play a final in the national swimming pool in Tal-Qroqq.

Meanwhile, at the end of the news conference, the CEO of Ozo Group, Fabio Muscat, presented the Captain of San Ġiljan ASC, a gift of appreciation and wished the girls good luck for tomorrow’s final against Sliema ASC which will be played at the National Swimming Pool in Tal-Qroqq at 18:00.