Canadian Soccer Association Technical Director, Tony Fonseca (right) met with Ottawa Fury FC President, John Pugh (middle) and Academy Technical Director, Phillip Dos Santos (left), on Thursday this week in Ottawa. Fonseca congratulated Fury FC on becoming the 5th Canadian academy program associated with a fully professional club joining the four established Canadian clubs – Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Edmonton, Toronto FC and Montréal Impact FC.
It was an appropriate day for Fonseca to visit as former Fury Academy player Nevello Yoseke was selected to the roster for the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013. Yoseke joined the Montréal impact Academy program in July, The 14th edition of the biennial competition runs October 17 through November 8 and will see the Canadian side face Austria (October 19), Iran (October 22) and Argentina (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 from Sudan.
Fifteen of the U-17 World Cup squad are affiliated with Canadian professional clubs,.
"We are thrilled with Nevello's selection", enthused Fury President, John Pugh. "It is apparent that the academy programs of the professional club academies are now, as they should, playing a huge role in player development across Canada and we are excited at the opportunity to play our full part at Fury FC in developing young talent for Canada's mens and womens national teams. We are committed to assisting Tony Fonseca and his visit this week will be the first of many".
Fury FC Technical Director, Phillip Dos Santos, recently acted as head coach for Canada's team in the World Francophone Games held in Nice, France.