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Zammit to take charge of Spartans

Jesmond Zammit will resume his coaching career next season after taking charge of Ħamrun Spartans.

Zammit opted to take a break from coaching last summer after accepting Valletta’s offer to become their team manager but speculation has been rife in the past few weeks that he had all but agreed terms to lead Ħamrun Spartans next season.

Ħamrun set their sights on Zammit after they decided not to renew the contract of former incumbent Steve D’Amato.

Vince Carbonaro, who worked in the MFA youth sector this season, has been appointed assistant coach of the Spartans.

Both Zammit and Carbonaro have experience of coaching a Premier League team. Zammit was at the helm of Dingli Swallows in season 2009/10 while Carbonaro was installed as stand-in coach of Qormi after the latter parted company with Jesmond Zerafa, the current Valletta coach, towards the end of last season.

The Spartans finished sixth in the Premier League this season and failed to advance to the latter stages of the U*Bet FA Trophy.

Meanwhile, Gerald Ellul will not seek re-election as general secretary of Vittoriosa Stars after reaching agreement with Valletta to succeed Zammit as team manager.

Ellul will be assisted by former Valletta midfielder Keith Fenech. The 33-year-old Fenech called time on his playing career last month after Qormi’s final league match against Hibs.

Mqabba, who have been promoted to the Premier League, yesterday confirmed coach Clive Mizzi as their first-team coach for next season.

Branko Nisevic is expected to be named as the new coach of the Malta U-19 team. The Serbian worked as Paul Zammit’s assistant at Birkirkara in the past two seasons.

Birkirkara last weekend appointed Patrick Curmi, formerly of Marsaxlokk, as their new coach after parting company with Zammit.

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