Lithuanian midfielder Mindaugas Panka, 31, signed a new contract with Israeli premier league football club Maccabi Petah Tiqua. Panka has been signed up for one year and is to be one of the main players under the direction of his coach Ran Ben Shimon.
Mindaugas Panka
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Panka, who has been playing in Israel since 2013, is hoping to bring his experience to the new team. In the last two years, he played for Ironi Kyriat Shmona, and scored for the club nine goals in 56 appearances and helped to win the Israeli State Cup during the 2013-2014 seasons.

Another Lithuanian football player to continue to play in Israel is the centre back Tadas Kijanskas, who is moving on to the third season in Hapoel Haifa. The 29-year-old scored four goals in 57 appearances.

The third Lithuanian who is pointing out his fifth season in Israel is Kęstutis Ivaškevičius. The 30-year-old Lithuanian who is playing as midfielder in Bnei Yehuda from the second league hopes to assist his club in returning to the front of Israeli football. In 104 appearances, Ivaškevičius scored five goals.

Martynas Dapkus, 22-year-old winger, left Israel after three years in Natzrat Elit where he scored one goal in 41 appearances. Dapkus signed up with Lithuanian club FC Stumbras.

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