A busy week of international football has taken its toll across European Football with many Nations involved in a triple header of World Cup Qualifiers. Travel restrictions in this COVID era have meant that many players have returned to their clubs later than usual with the lack of flights restricting movement across the continent.
For one set of Gibraltar players the March 2021 international window will never be forgotten. They were to face three tough matches, in what some were describing as the European Qualifiers ‘Group of Death’, on the back of very little domestic action, given the Gibraltar Leagues suspension in January due to COVID restrictions. None the less Julio Ribas’ men – his Gibraltarian Warriors as he affectionately refers to them – would shirk no challenge. And in this case it was to be a monumental one.
First up, Norway at home, with all of the razzmatazz that currently surrounds their team centred around their young superstar Erling Haaland and their newly appointed young captain Martin Odegaard.
Immediately after the Norway fixture was a tough trip to Montenegro in the tight and charismatic Podgorica Stadium. And if that was not enough the final game of the week was to see the visit of none other than Holland to the Victoria Stadium!
Step up Gibraltar’s goalkeepers. Three incredibly determined individuals at different stages of their footballing careers, Dayle Coleing, Bradley Banda and Kyle Goldwin, under the expert tutorage of their quiet and unassuming mentor, Gibraltar’s Goalkeeper Coach and integral member of Julio Ribas’ backroom staff - Christian Wink.