Canada Soccer has announced its 13-player roster for the upcoming International Men’s Cerebral Palsy (IFCPF) World Cup in 2022 in Salou, Spain.
The Canadian squad, highlighted by recent players of the year Samuel Charron and Damien Wojtiw, is full of veterans and only five new faces have joined the team.
The new reinforcements are highlighted by 15-year-old Isaiah Smeaton-Katzenberg, who will be the youngest player at the IFCPF World Competition in Canadian history.
“We are very excited to qualify for the 2022 Men’s World Cup in Salou, Spain,” said Drew Ferguson, head coach of the Canadian national football team. “We are in a very difficult group with England, the Netherlands and Venezuela, but this is an important test as we build our program and try to smuggle one or two inconveniences.” We are also accepting some new players who have never played at this level before, so it will be a great experience for them. “
The IFCPF 2022 Men’s World Championships will take place from April 27 to May 16. The group stage of Canada will start in May against England, followed by a match with the Netherlands on May 5 and a meeting with Venezuela on May 7.
15 countries are competing in the event, divided into groups of four, with Canada in Group A. Eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals, while another seven will advance to the preparatory rounds.
The complete list of Canada with 13 members is as follows:
Lucas Bruno, 25, Calgary; Samuel Charron, 24, Ottawa; Yuri Costa, 28, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Dante Del Cul, 20, Kitchener, Ont .; Shaun Etherington, 31, Calgary and Plainfield, Illinois; Chris Fawcett, 31, Kingston, Ont .; Diego Gilbert, 20, Toronto; Nicholas Heffernan, 23, London, Ont. Duncan McDonald, 21, Powell River, BC; Denis McGrath, 25, Cincinnati, Ohio; Isaiah Smeaton-Katzenberg, 15, Toronto; Ryan Watson, 22, Montreal; Damien Wojtiw, 40, Toronto.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 22, 2022.
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