Canada announces roster, additional match for camp in Qatar

Canada to take on Japan, Belarus as part of 10-day camp.

Canada’s Men’s National Team has announced its 21-player roster for an upcoming pair of Men’s International Friendlies against Japan and Belarus in Doha, Qatar.

Canada will take on Japan on Friday 22 March (19.00 local kick-off; 12.00 ET / 09.00 PT) at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha; and will then play Belarus in a second match in Doha on Monday 25 March (18.00 local kick-off; 11.00 ET / 08.00 PT) at Aspire Stadium.

The match against Japan will be streamed in Canada on (12.00 ET / 09.00 PT). Live coverage of both matches will be available on Twitter @CanadaSoccerEN. CanadaSoccerTV will be on-site in Doha providing video coverage of the camp.

Tony Fonseca, Technical Director for the Canadian Soccer Association, will act as the interim head coach for both matches at the upcoming camp.

“This camp represents an opportunity to reintegrate our European-based players as we take on two very difficult opponents in Japan and Belarus,” said Fonseca.

“These two matches will be an important platform for our continued preparations for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and beyond.”

Goalkeeper Tomer Chencinksi, currently playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv FC in Israel will be taking part in his first camp with the national team set-up.

Midfielder Stefan Cebara who plays for Nogometni Klub Celje in Slovenia has been invited into his first camp with the Men’s National Team. Cebara was part of Canada’s Men’s U-20 Team in 2011.

Eighteen-year-old midfielder Samuel Piette, the male selection for Canada Soccer Player of the Month in February, has earned a recall to the senior team after recently taking part in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship with the U-20 side.

The squad features a total of 15 players from Canada’s recent FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers campaign who will be rejoining the team after missing out on the January camp in USA.

The Men’s National Team’s camp in Qatar will span a total of 10 days from 17 to 26 March.

At this time, Canada’s next scheduled competitive action will be the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup to take place in USA in July.


GK- Milan Borjan | TUR / Sivasspor
GK- Tomer Chencinski | ISR / Maccabi Tel Aviv
CB- David Edgar | ENG / Burnley FC
CB- André Hainault | SCO / Ross Country FC
CB- Dejan Jaković | USA / D.C. United
CB- Adam Straith | GER / FC Saarbrücken
FB- Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
FB- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Kyle Bekker | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Samuel Piette | GER / Fortuna Düsseldorf
M – Julian de Guzman | GER / SSV Jahn Regensburg
M- Atiba Hutchinson | NED / PSV Eindhoven
M- Will Johnson | USA / Portland Timbers FC
M- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby Fotboll
M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / CD Santa Clara
M- Issey Nakajima-Farran | CYP / AEK Larnaca FC
F- Stefan Cebara | SVN / Nogometni Klub Celje
F- Randy Edwini-Bonsu | GER / Eintracht Braunschweig
F- Marcus Haber | ENG / Stevenage FC
F- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Norwich City FC
F- Tosaint Ricketts | NOR / Sandnes Ulf


Bekker, Kyle | 1990 | Oakville, ON, CAN | Oakville SC
Borjan, Milan | 1987 | Hamilton, ON, CAN | Radnicki JP
Cebara, Stefan | 1991 | Calgary, AB & Windsor, ON, CAN | Windsor FC Nationals
Chencinski, Tomer | 1984 | Tel Aviv, ISR
de Guzman, Julian | 1981 | Scarborough, ON, CAN | Wexford SC
de Jong, Marcel | 1986 | Toronto, ON, CAN |
Edgar, David | 1987 | Kitchener, ON, CAN |
Edwini-Bonsu, Randy | 1990 | Edmonton, AB, CAN |
Haber, Marcus | 1989 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Dunbar SA
Hainault, André | 1986 | Hudson, QC, CAN |
Hutchinson, Atiba | 1983 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton
Jackson, Simeon | 1987 | Mississauga, ON, CAN | Clarkson
Jaković, Dejan | 1985 | Etobicoke, ON, CAN |
Johnson, Will | 1987 | Toronto, ON, CAN & Chicago, IL, USA |
Ledgerwood, Nik | 1985 | Lethbridge, AB, CAN | Lethbridge Cosmos
Morgan, Ashtone | 1991 | Toronto, ON, CAN | West End United
Nakajima-Farran, Issey | 1984 | Tokyo, JPN & London, ENG |
Pacheco, Pedro | 1984 | Ponta Delgada, POR | Santa Clara
Piette, Samuel | 1994 | Le Gardeur, QC, CAN | Lionceaux de le Gardeur
Ricketts, Tosaint | 1987 | Edmonton, AB, CAN | Edmonton Juventus
Straith, Adam | 1990 | Victoria, BC, CAN | Bays United SC


  • Canada MNT has only faced Japan once previously, losing 0:3 to the host Japanese in the opening match of the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • Canada MNT has only faced Belarus on one occasion, as well. Canada defeated Belarus 1:0 in a Men’s International Friendly in Antalya, Turkey on 29 March, 2011. Defender André Hainault scored the winning goal for the Canadians on the day.


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