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Bright future for Canada Muslims

By ASUAD ALI Canadian national Muslim coach Saizad Khan is predicting a bright future for the Canadian Muslim soccer after their stellar performance at the FANCA Muslim soccer tournament. Khan
01 Oct 2012 15:45

By ASUAD ALI

Canadian national Muslim coach Saizad Khan is predicting a bright future for the Canadian Muslim soccer after their stellar performance at the FANCA Muslim soccer tournament.
Khan said his side has turned heads during the championship despite going down to Fiji 2-1 in the final.
He is adamant the core will spring in similar results in the next FANCA tournament in New Zealand.
Khan said the players have proud themselves, the nation and impressed fans with their style, finesse and graft.
“The youngsters have played their hearts out. They proved that Canadians can play soccer in the worst of ground situations,” Khan said.
“Despite the mired Prince Charles Park, the players showed the resilience to fight back.”
He said the venue switch to Churchill Park in Lautoka was a welcome news.
Canadians performance serves to cement their status as one of the leading nations of the FANCA Muslim soccer.
“It’s been a great run, but also a very challenging one. As a nation we continue to grow from strength to strength. On the playing side, we have made big strides forward since the inception of the FANCA tournament in 1997, whilst off the field there has been a huge amount of work put in by a great number of people as well.
The former Canadian midfielder says they (British Columbia Muslim Sports Association) will continue to harness soccer development at various levels through its winter Muslim Soccer League competitions.
“Today we have a great team in Fiji, but it’s one I genuinely believe will get even greater in the years to come,” he said.




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