WSA Winnipeg News Release -- www.wsawinnipeg.com
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- WSA Winnipeg is proud to announce that Ali Musse has been selected to attend the Canadian U18 Men's National Team's eight-day camp next week in California.
"We couldn't be more proud and we salute Ali as dedicated and upstanding role model" said WSA President Eduardo Badescu. "It is a dream for our Academy and Winnipeg young players to aspire to: to compete for Canada at the International level. His improvement, commitment and dedication are a great example for all our players as to how far you can go with the right attitude and commitment."
The California camp includes Men's U18 International Friendly matches against the United States on the 21st and 23rd of November.
"I'm delighted to select Ali Musse for the upcoming two game camp in California," Canadian U-18 coach Rob Gale said. "Ali excelled on his first international call up scoring a goal and earning a man of the match performance against Costa Rica. This will be a stern challenge playing a top ten International side like the United States and I am sure Ali will rise to the challenge again."
Of note, Musse will be one of the two Manitoban players selected for international duty, the other being Dylan Sacramento of Toronto FC.
"It is an honour being selected again for my country and I would like to thank coach Rob Gale for the opportunity and also to Eduardo and William for providing me with the tools necessary to succeed and achieve this," Musse said. "I would also like to mention that the PDL team in the USL allowed me to play at a high level and got me ready for this. We will be playing the powerful U.S. team which will be a good test for me and I am hoping to show more of my qualities in the eight days in the camp."
Gale has selected 18 players for the camp, with Musse's development in the PDL impressing the coach.
"His development by playing in the PDL with the WSA has been excellent and it is so important for our young Manitoba players to get opportunities to play against better opposition and serious competition," Gale said. "The WSA's work with Ali as a player has improved his all round game and he can play anywhere down the left-hand side, which is a huge asset as he has been groomed with not only technical fundamentals but tactical understanding as well which should aide his transition to the international level especially as the challenges and opposition gets greater."
"This is great news for Ali, a product of our World Soccer Academy Program, the MSA provincial programs and RTC/NTC," William Rosales, WSA Assistant Coach said. "We are sure that he will work very hard to continue to impress the coaches as he strives to reach the goal of making it professional. It is always exciting to see WSA Academy and Manitoba players breaking into the international scene and for them to be role models for the next generation of players."