Former MAFA President Twanny Agius dies aged 79

The Malta FA is deeply saddened to learn that earlier this afternoon, Twanny Agius, former President of the MAFA, ex referee and player has passed away at the age of 79 years.

Twanny Agius had been at the helm of the MAFA since 1999 and succeeded the late Joe Compagno.  He stepped down from the role of President at the end of Season 2021/22, after steering the MAFA for 22 years.  He was also a Malta FA council member representing his Association for a number of consecutive years.

In his earlier days, Twanny Agius was also a football player for Zurrieq, St Joseph and Lija Athletic. His last active season was 1970/71 with Lija before he took up refereeing.  He was a 1st level referee between 1976/77 and 1985/86: and was in charge of 35 matches in 1st Div/Premier.  His 1st level debut was on the 24th October 1976 (Zebbug Rangers 1-0 Valletta).  Twanny was also in charge of two FA Trophy Finals: 1981/82 (Hibernians 2-0 Sliema Wanderers) and 1983/84 (Hamrun Spartans 1-0 Zurrieq aet).

The news of Twanny Agius’ demise was broken during an Executive Board meeting earlier this afternoon, with the Malta FA President Bjorn Vassallo stating that ‘the Malta FA and the football community is once again downhearted by the news of a second demise in one day.’

‘Twanny fought until the end with the same strength he put in football. He touched so many lives through his work and his presence will be forever missed within the local football structures.

The Malta FA send its deepest condolences to the Agius family. May God grant him eternal rest.