Canada calls on local talent

Four from Surrey, one from North Delta chosen to play on national soccer teams

Five local soccer players are with national teams currently in training this month.

Aman Shergill, Kajal Parmar, and Jasmin Dhanda, all of Surrey, as well as Jasmine Mander of North Delta were named last week to Soccer Canada’s women’s under-17 team which played Germany in an international match. The two teams played to a scoreless draw.

The game was part of Canada’s 10-day training camp in Fort Lauderdale, which began last Tuesday and runs through to next Thursday.

The national under-20 women’s team begins its preparations for the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) championship in Panama this month, with Surrey’s Nicole Setterlund among  the 22 players.

A preparation camp will run Feb. 13-26 in San Jose, Costa Rica, with the team arriving in Panama Feb. 27. The tourament takes place March 1-11.

All five players at national team camps are former members of B.C. Soccer’s provincial team program.

“BC Soccer’s provincial teams programs have always been regarded as being extremely professional and led by a highly qualified and dedicated technical staff,” said BC Soccer president Charlie Cuzzetto. “We wish these players all the best with their respective national teams.”

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