ACADEMY PLAYERS UPDATE
4, 2012 (RELEASE) -- The ANB Academy is pleased to provide an update on the
following ANB Academy players who have progressed in their soccer careers.
Mathieu Brisbois, a 16 yr. old Goalkeeper from the Ottawa region (Association
de soccer de Gatineau), and identified by professional French coaches in ANB's
International ID Camp in 2011, has been invited by St. Etienne Football Club
(Ligue 1) & Troyes Football Club (Ligue 2) for a week-long trial at each
Zach Sukunda, originally from Ottawa, was identified in ANB's first ID Camp in
2009 at the age of 13. He has been invited to train over the past two years
with AJ Auxerre in France and has now been offered an "education
scholarship". He was recently named "Athlete of the Week" for 27
Gaetano Gesualdi, 19 years old, went to Malta last year and played the season
with Qormi FC. He is presently on trial with Marsaxlokk FC, from the Maltese
Lucas Gesualdi, a 17 year old ANB player, has also been offered a trial with
Marsaxlokk FC and is being considered for the U-20 Maltese National team.
Jason Mills, started 16 games as a freshman in Div. 1 soccer at IPFW (Fort
Wayne, Indiana) and was named Offensive Player of the Week on 10 Oct. 2011.
Head Coach Mike Harper says of his progress, "Jason made a big impact for
the Don's this season as a freshman. Mills ended up with 4 goals and 6 assists
on the year. Also scoring a goal against Duke University in a pre season
exhibition game. Jason was honored with 2nd team All-Conference, All-Newcomer
team, and made the all Tournament Team for the conference finals with a goal
and an assist. It was a pleasure to work with Jason this fall. We look for
Mills to be one of the top strikers in the conference and Mid West for the next
Emeka Ononye ("Emy"), played in 19 games as a freshman at Wright
State, a Div. 1 college in Dayton, Ohio. Assistant Coach David Korn says,
""Emeka was an integral part of Wright State's success this season.
He played in 19 of 20 games, starting the vast majority of those, including
starting and playing every minute of the Horizon League Championship game. He
earned his starting spot through consistent play in center midfield, and his
contributions were a reason our team was able to go from 9th place last season
to 2nd place this year. We believe Emeka will continue to develop and build on
his successful freshmen season."
Haydon Armstrong, played on the University of Calgary Dinos men's soccer team,
studying Environmental Science. The team finished 5th in the Canada West
conference of Canada Interuniversity Sport.
Michael Mikurenda, played on the York University Men's varsity soccer team this
past fall, helping the team to a first place finish in their league. He was
also awarded with the inaugural SAAC university award for student-athletes.
"It is very exciting to see positive progress of these athletes. >From
a very small academy of only 150 members, we are proud to be able to provide
these opportunities for our players," says Academy Director, Bassam
ANB academy's vision is to become Canada's leading soccer development
organization. Its mission is to identify Canadian soccer talent, and to
maximize the potential of players at any level, through professional coaching
For more information on the programs offered by ANB academy, check out our
website site at www.anbfutbol.com or by telephone at 905-313-8661 or via e-mail