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Edwini-Bonsu set to play for FCE in Al Classico

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In Saturday’s Al Classico at Calgary’s Spruce Meadows, Randy Edwini-Bonsu will be wearing FC Edmonton’s colours.

Edwini-Bonsu, who has played for various German clubs since 2011, is what FCE coach Jeff Paulus calls a “priority player” for the club.

“He’s got a chance to be a key guy in the CPL,” Paulus said. “He’s the sort of player everyone else will be worrying about.”

But, just because REB is going to be an FCE player on Saturday, and has already been training with the club, it does not guarantee he’ll be an Eddie when the CanPL season kicks off in April.

“He’s also got options overseas,” said Paulus. “Obviously, he’s going to do what’s best for him.”

FCE visits Cavalry FC on Saturday, and the two will play at Edmonton’s Clarke Stadium on Oct. 20. These games, at least from Edmonton’s side, feature Academy products, trialists and pros who could legitimately be part of the roster in April. This weekend’s game is so vital, in fact, that Paulus skipped the CanPL’s Montreal combine to prepare. FCE did not send any staff to Montreal.

Other names that jump out: Both keepers: Dylon Powley, the former MacEwan University standout who had been playing in Sweden; and Will Sykes, the Edmontonian who had played for Lincoln Red Imps in Gibraltar. Paulus said each will get a game in the Al Classico series.

Paulus said that keeper Connor James, currently with the University of Alberta, is also in the mix, but the coach does not want to call him in at this point and disturb the keeper’s collegiate schedule. So, Powley and Sykes will be in the spotlight.

“I’ll be looking at how they make decisions on crosses, because I like to force teams outside, and how they play with their feet. We’ll be announcing a goalkeeper coach soon, and I know any keeper who will be with us will only get better.”

Three defenders will come from the PLSQ — Andre Bona, Kevin Bandundi and Patrick Nsamzimfura  — and another, Marcus Lees, comes from Sigma FC in League1 Ontario; so it’s clear Paulus hasn’t been ignoring the Eastern part of the country. Paulus is getting videos in the “tens and twenties” every day, and the PLSQ players stuck out, so they’ll get a look; they began training with FCE earlier in the week.

And, Amer Halilic, who was in the FC Edmonton Academy but moved to Germany in 2016, is back in the Alberta capital. Like REB, Paulus thinks Halilic could be a difference-maker in CanPL.

“He’s a big, strong kid, and since he came back from Europe, he reads the game a lot better,” said Paulus, who added that Halilic is good with both feet.

TRIALS

As mentioned up above, FCE didn’t send a representative to the CanPL’s open trials in Montreal. But Paulus said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the level of play in Halifax, and that a couple of players stood out.

But he tempered that by stating that what the coaches were seeing was a group of players, all from the same region, playing against each other. So, it’s hard to judge how well the Halifax crew really did until the coaches see the trialists from other parts of the country. When the coaches see trialists in Quebec and Ontario and in the West, then they’ll have somewhat of a better idea of how the Atlantic Canadian players stacked up.

FCE’s Al Classico Roster

GK Dylon Powley – FC Gute (Sweden)

GK Will Sykes – Lincoln FC (Gibraltar)

D Jackson Farmer – Calgary Foothills FC (PDL)

D Andre Bona – CS Longueuil (PLSQ)

D Kevin Bandundi – CS Mont-Royal Outremont (PLSQ)

D Patrick Zsamzimfura – CS Mont-Royal Outremont (PLSQ)

D Marcus Lees – Sigma FC (League1 Ontario)

D Isiah Tekie – FC Edmonton Academy

D Luke Withers – FC Edmonton Academy

D Carson Janzen – FC Edmonton Academy

D Zsombor Sarok – FC Edmonton Academy

M Allan Zebie – FC Edmonton

M Ajay Khabra – University of Alberta/Green and Gold (USports/AMSL)

M Bruno Zebie – Calgary Foothills FC (PDL)

M Edem Mortotsi – Green and Gold (AMSL)

F Randy Edwini-Bonsu – FC 08 Homburg (Germany)

F Amer Halilic – NK Vitez/Korona Kielce (Bosnia/Poland)

F Marcus Velado-Tsegaye – FC Edmonton Academy

F Prince Amanda – FC Edmonton Academy

F Ousman Maheshe – FC Edmonton Academy    

CAVALRY ROSTER

GK Marco Carducci — Calgary Foothills FC
RB Chris Serban — Calgary Foothills FC
LB Jordan Haynes — Calgary Foothills FC
CB Dominick Zator — Calgary Foothills FC
CB Jay Wheeldon — Calgary Foothills FC
W AJ Gray — Phoenix Rising
W Carlos Patino — Calgary Foothills FC
MF Elijah Adekugbe — Calgary Foothills FC
F Moses Danto — Calgary Foothills FC
MF Sergio Camargo — Calgary Foothills FC
W Tofa Fakunle — Calgary Foothills FC
W Nico Pasquotti — Calgary Foothills FC
LB Alex Ackert — SPVGG Bad Pyrmont
CB Tyrin Hutchings — FC Gute
MF Colton Cavey — Colorado Rapids U23
CB David Genet — Panegalios FC
MF Markus Kaiser — Calgary Foothills Academy
FB Jake Ruby — Whitecaps Residency
F Josh Akiyama — Lethbridge Soccer Club
GK Niko Giantsopoulus — Launceston City
CB Caden Rogozinski — Calgary Foothills Academy
MF Victor Loturi — Calgary Northside

 

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One Comment

  1. Ralph

    September 30, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Good to see REB is still kicking it. I look forward to seeing him play.

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