Canada announced its roster the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 on Thursday afternoon. The 21-player roster features former Fury Academy standout Nevello Yoseke who recently joined the Montreal Impact Academy in July. The 14th edition of the biennial competitiion runs October 17 through November 8 and will see the Canadian side face Austria (October 19), Iran (October 22) and Argentian (October 25) with all three of its group phase matches taking place in Dubai.
Yoseke was part of the U17 training camp in Sunrise, FL from August 2-12 and impressed head coach Sean Fleming with his performance to earn a spot on the World Cup roster. Yoseke, a refugee from Sudan, came to Canada in 2006 with his mother and four siblings after the escape the Sudan and fled to Egypt. He is not the only player from Ottawa to crack Canada's U17 World Cup squad as FC Capital United midfielder Mikaël Cantave earned selection as well.
Of note, 16 of the 21 players have benefitted from more than 75 days in Canadian youth program activity. All 21 players are attached to clubs, be it in Canada, USA, England or France.
The four established Canadian professional clubs – Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Edmonton, Toronto FC and Impact Montréal – are all represented in the Canadian squad.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup is an important step in player development en route to Canada’s national “A” squad. This marks Canada’s second consecutive appearance at the tournament.
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