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NEWTOWN'S Europa League opponents Valletta have received a boost after obtaining UK visas for a quartet of overseas players ahead of Thursday’s first qualifying round first leg at Latham Park.

The Maltese feared they could be without Tunisian Abdelkarim Nafti, Nigerian forward Calictus Umeh, Moldovan defender Maxim Focsa and Thierry Tazemeta from Equatorial Guinea, but a last-gasp dash to the UK embassy in Paris saw visas being issued.

The club encountered difficulties in having their applications processed in time in Malta and were desperate to have the quartet available, especially as they are without four other key players for the tie.

Meanwhile, Robins' boss Chris Hughes Newtown knows it will be tough for his men against the 22-time Maltese Premier League champions, saying: "They are a big club and it is a big draw for us.

"To have the home leg first is key, we can pack out Latham Park and create a great atmosphere, hopefully our 12th man will get us over the line. 

"We have two European games and this is what all the hard work has gone in to."