GODWIN McKAY – THE FORMER MALTA U19 STAR PLAYING IN DENMARK

Godwin McKay believes young Maltese players should jump at the chance to play abroad following his move to Denmark last summer.

The former Malta U19 international played for a number of Maltese clubs such as Birkirkara, Balzan and St Andrews before leaving Tarxien for Danish 2nd Division side Boldklubben af 1893.

“I definitely recommend people to try and move away from Malta to get a new experience and perspective as it will definitely improve their career, especially if you have an opportunity at a young age,” said McKay.

The 23-year-old went on to speak about his move to B.93 saying: “When I came here I didn’t know anyone but now that I have been here for almost a year, I have made new friends and that is very important when you are moving to a new country.

“Also, the Winter has been quite different to what I was used to, especially with the snow and cold weather.”

Godwin McKay (left) comes up against Mario Fontanella (right) during his time with St Andrews.
(Photo by Chrissie’s Photography)

Moving to a new country comes with a number of hurdles, McKay explained how he adapted to the Danish life both on and off the field.

“In my opinion, the difference to what I have experienced in Malta is the level of intensity, every training session and match are more physical and intense,” said McKay.

“I quickly tried to adapt as much as possible to life in Denmark, on and off the field. On the field, training is with much more intensity and you have to be focused throughout the practice.

“Off the field, I started to learn the Danish language and getting to know more about the Danish culture.

“After training, you’d have to go home and prepare your own food and I was focusing on resting more.”

Godwink McKay is currently playing for B.93 in Denmark
(Photo by Malta Football Players Association)

During the 2012/13 Maltese Premier League season, McKay won the title with Birkirkara. He is hoping for similar success this season with Boldklubben.

“We are in the eighth position but have the same points as fifth place, so with just one win we will climb up three positions in the league,” said the former Malta U19 International.

“In the first half of the season, we were struggling to find consistency because the squad was mainly all new players.

“However, we have had more time to work together as a squad during the winter break and I believe we will be much better when we come back to the league.

“We are aiming to be in the top six so then we can play in the promotion table.”

Godwin McKay had adapted to life in Denmark following his move last summer.
(Photo by Claus Vandborg)

B.93 face seventh place Hillerød Fodbold on Saturday in their first game following the winter break.

McKay finished by explaining why a period of time off was important: “The winter break has been different to what I have been used to, as it’s around three months long.

“As I said, since we were a new squad at the start of the season, it’s been very important for us to prepare and train hard for the upcoming games.”

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