ANB take 6th at French Tournament


SAAC Academy, ANB Futbol finished in 6th place out of 24 teams at the Challenge de Champagne Tournament in France. ANB was also awarded the tournaments best coaching staff. On behalf of everyone at SAAC, we congratulate them on a successful trip.

ANB Team Roster:

  • Alexander Markou
  • Alexander Ilie
  • Adam Rustami
  • Kayden Jetha
  • Jonathan Ingram
  • Denys Verbinsky
  • Kian Pourbakhtiani (GK)
  • Callum Young
  • Pasha Mohmedi
  • Thomas Masson
  • Noah Longo
  • Aaron Ameeriar – Scored most goals for ANB Futbol, 4 in total – Congrats.
  • Daniel Jebbison
  • Andrea Nguionza


  • Bassam N: Head of Delegation and Head Coach
  • Sue PQ: Team Manager
  • Mary LR: Team Manager

ANB player on trial at Troyes:

  • Victor De Giorgio

Victor injured his right abductor ligament after the second trial session. He will be invited to another trial to Troyes sometime in August of this year, as he has impressed the club and coaches with his performances in the first two sessions.

Here is a technical report from academy director, Bassam Naim.

Pre-Tournament Preparation:

  • Short window of training time using the 8v8,  leading up to the tournament.
  • Classroom session/organization meeting was needed and helpful.
  • Better understanding of the physical and tactical requirements of the tournament.

Preparation at Destination – Troyes, France:

  • Two training sessions and one game (3 periods x 15 minutes) were helpful for players to acclimatize.
  • Rainy weather did not allow for enough outdoors activities, but players were active inside game room.
  • Players hydrated often, additional water bottles were purchased the second day of arrival.

Conditions & Environment:

  • Having the extra days to adjust from travelling is very necessary.
  • Time change, sleep conditions as well as nutrition and hydration, played a role during the first few days.

8 vs. 8 Game:

  • Most of the players adjusted to the 8v8 game tactically. Pre-tournament preparation game vs. Estac Troyes U-13 program was very helpful.
  • Emotional stress lead to some players breaking down at times, but overall players performance was good.
  • Few nervous players, unable to breathe properly and signs of panic during the games.
  • Hydration was monitored as enough water was provided.
  • Speed of play was an issue. Players tend to take too much time and additional touches in making decisions, allowing the opposition to press them and take the ball away.
  • Regardless of size, the opposition was quick and aggressive, not fearing challenges from anyone.
  • Game time, pressure and opposition closing space, resulted in lack of understanding among players from game-to-game.

Final Comments from Bassam:

Living in a true futbol culture, growing up in a professional environment and witnessing how youth players are formed daily for the pro-level, are a continuous eye opener and great lesson for our players and management.

Thank you to all players and coaching team for representing our academy and great country proudly. All in all, it was a great experience for the players to be living, training and playing alongside youth players who have ambitions of becoming future pros some day, in a country that has already won the World Cup, Euro Cup and place second in the world for producing professional futbol players .

ANB Futbol’s second experience at the “Challenge De Champagne” in France, has proven to be more fruitful than its first one. Congratulations to all.


ANB’s DeGiorgio at ESTAC Troyes

ANB Futbol is pleased to announce that one young Academy player has received an official trial opportunity with ESTAC Troyes. Victor DeGiorgio (2002 born) will travel to the French Ligue 1 club & train with its academy programs for one week (

Victor will be leaving Canada at the beginning of June, along with the ANB Futbol U-13 team that is participating in the “Challenge de Champagne” tournament.  He will be assessed by the club’s U-14 team technical staff and competing against other players for a position in the group; if successful, further arrangements will be made for him to officially join the club.  A club scout identified Victor at last year’s tournament in France and at the annual ANB International ID Camp.

Victor has been a member of ANB Futbol Academy for the past seven years, competing in various age groups starting with the U-8 program.


“Victor is an attacking player, a striker who gives defenders fits.  We truly hope he will be able to do the same in France and we look forward to hear good reports of his trial. With his age, we will have to respect FIFA rules on international transfers.  We believe this is the first of many steps for Victor!  We wish him well,” says Academy Director, Bassam Naim.

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 and training.

For more information on the programs offered by ANB Academy, check out our website at or by telephone 905-313-8661 or email


Three ANB players on European trial


Three 1999 born players from ANB Futbol travelled to Europe last weekend to pursue professional trials. Alessandro Tansella, Jordan Araujo and Adonijah Reid will be assessed in one week trials, April 3 to April 9 at Sporting Clube de Portugal (Portugal).

Adonijah Reid will be attending an additional trial from April 10 to April 24, 2016 at Dynamo Zagreb (Croatia).


Three SAAC players named to Canadian Men’s U20

The number of SAAC Academy players graduating into Canadian National Team programs from our elite player pipeline continues to flow as three more Academy products were named to the full U20 Men’s National Team Camp taking place in Toronto.

Malik Smith (ANB Futbol), Adonijah Reid (ANB Futbol), and Reggie Laryea (Sigma FC) are part of the 30 man roster invited to the September camp for players born 1997 or later.

All three players have spent a number of years developing in the SAAC system and now feature regularly for their respective 1st team squads in League 1 Ontario. Reid, a 1999 born player and a 5 year Academy member of ANB Academy, is the league’s leading scorer after 17 games with 18 goals. Malik Smith is an imposing defender, also a member of ANB Academy since 2013, and Defender Laryea joins the National camp as an underage player, born in 1998 and a member of Sigma FC for 7 years.

This announcement, along with the fact that two Academy grads will be suiting up for the full Men’s National team in their FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier vs Belize on Friday, are current indications of the success that SAAC Academies provide to aspiring top soccer players in Ontario. Ten years after the inception of SAAC, the very first standards based development system in Ontario, we are honoured to bring news on how SAAC Academies are contributing to our National Team programs and how the National teams’ coaches have taken notice and are actively scouting our players. The reputation of SAAC Member Academies to consistently develop elite talent is growing as more and more Academy players from our Elite Player Pipeline are on National Team coacher’s radars.

SAAC would like to wish the best of luck to these three players, with the confidence that they have been fully prepared for the task at hand by the excellent professionally accredited coaching staffs at their respective Academies.


SAAC grads play big part in U20 camp



The recent U20 National Team Identification Camp held in conjunction with League 1 Ontario saw no less than 11 SAAC Academy grads selected to take part.

On the road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, Canada Soccer is deepening its talent pool through an identification camp with League1 Ontario. The four-day camp will precede an upcoming national U-20 camp for 1997-born players in the first week of September.

GK- Tayjon Campbell | CAN / Sanjaxx Lions

GK- Alex Jakma | CAN / Masters FC

GK- Corey Marques | CAN / Sigma FC

GK- Liam McQueenie | CAN / Vaughan SC

CB- Nial Higgins | CAN / Ajax SC

CB- Reginald Laryea | CAN / Sigma FC

CB- Malik Smith | CAN / ANB Futbol

CB- Saadam Yousufvai | CAN / ANB Futbol

FB- Josh Bowyer | CAN / Sanjaxx Lions

FB- Aaron D’Souza | CAN / Sigma FC

FB- Dan Manaloche | CAN / ANB Futbol

FB- Rafael Rodriguez | CAN / Kingston Clippers

M- Brandon Duarte | CAN / Oakville Bule Devils

M- Patricio Espin | CAN / Sigma FC

M- Duwayne Ewart | CAN / Vaughan SC

M- Sameer Fathazada | CAN / Toronto Skillz

M- Massimo Ferrin | CAN / Vaughan SC

M- Zachary Gowlett | CAN / Pro Stars

M- Alistair Johnston | CAN / Vaughan SC

M- Edward Lay | CAN / Vaughan SC

M- Munir Saleh | CAN / Vaughan SC

M- Fabio Vilaca | CAN / Sanjaxx Lions

M- Andrew Whiteman | CAN / Kingston Clippers

F- Andrew Gordon | Unattached

F- Noah Pio | CAN / Windsor Stars

F- Isiah Raposo | CAN / North Mississauga

F- Thomas You | CAN / Pro Stars

F- Marcel Zajac | CAN / Sigma FC

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