Camenzuli joins Floriana on loan

Mosta capture winger Priso

Malta Under-21 winger Ryan Camenzuli holds the Floriana shirt.

Malta Under-21 winger Ryan Camenzuli holds the Floriana shirt.

Floriana’s busy transfer campaign continued yesterday when they signed winger Ryan Camenzuli from Birkirkara.

The Greens were looking to bolster their forward line with the capture of a speedy winger, and opened talks with Birkirkara after identifying Camenzuli as their prime target.

An agreement was finally reached yesterday that will see the Malta U-21 captain join Floriana on a season-long loan with an option to make the transfer permanent at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

Camenzuli’s move to Floriana marks the start of a new chapter in his career after establishing himself as a key player for Birkirkara’s first team since making his senior debut in season 2010-11.

“Today, I start a new journey in my life,” Camenzuli, who worked with Floriana coach Giovanni Tedesco during the latter’s short spell in charge of Birkirkara last season,  wrote on his Facebook page. “I want to thank the Birkirkara supporters for believing in me and for always making me feel at home.

“Now is the time for me to move forward and start a new adventure with Floriana FC.”

Camenzuli is Floriana’s second major signing this week following the arrival of Argentine striker Ignacio Lucas Varela. The 26-year-old signed a one-year contract with Floriana yesterday.

Varela, who was on the books of Croatian side FC Istra last season, and Camenzuli could make their Floriana debut against St Andrew’s at the Hibs Stadium on Saturday.

Meanwhile, two former Floriana defenders have moved to new clubs after Steve Bonnici joined Birkirkara and Andrea Scozzese teamed up with Pembroke Athleta.

Elsewhere, Njongo Priso has returned to the BOV Premier League after reaching an agreement to join Mosta.

The Cameroonian winger, who played for Valletta and Sliema Wanderers last season, looked set to continue his career abroad after signing a deal with Cypriot side Ermis Aradippou last month.

However, the deal has collapsed over financial issues with Mosta yesterday announcing that they have acquired Priso.

Priso is expected to make his first appearance as a Mosta player tomorrow against his former team Valletta.

Julian Galea has ended his long association with Melita FC after completing his move to Premier League side Tarxien yesterday.

MFA suspensions

Three Premier League players were suspended by the MFA Disciplinary Commissioner yesterday following the opening round of matches last weekend.

Pembroke Athleta suffered a double blow as winger Siraj Arab and striker Luke Montebello were handed a two-match ban.

Both Arab and Montebello were shown a straight red card after lashing out at an opponent during the 2-1 defeat to Floriana at the Hibs Stadium on Saturday.

Arab and Montebello will sit out their team’s next two matches, against Balzan tomorrow and Valletta on September 10.

Sliema Wanderers midfielder Mark Scerri received a one-match ban after his dismissal in his team’s 2-1 defeat to Valletta on Friday.

The Blues captain will miss the match against Hibs tomorrow.

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