ANB’s Araujo signs contract with Brighton and Hove Albion FC


ANB Futbol is proud to recognize the accomplishments of Jordan Araujo for signing a professional player contract with the newly promoted premiership club.

Jordan (1999 born) traveled to Portugal in July, 2017 to participate in the Brighton & Hove Albion U18 preseason training camp.  He was then invited to join the club in England, and after performing well in exhibition matches, he accepted a professional offer presented by club representatives.

Jordan has been a member of ANB Futbol since he was 9 years old, playing in various age levels throughout his development, most recently on the U20 team which won the Soccer Academy Alliance Canada (SAAC) league and cup titles in 2016.  He participated in various professional youth tournaments in Europe and many American universities offered scholarship opportunities, but Jordan decided to fulfill his life-long dream of becoming a professional futbol athlete.  He holds European documentation which allows him to sign as a seventeen-year-old under FIFA rules.

ANB Futbol Academy Director, Bassam Naim, is ecstatic with the signing:

“Jordan has been with ANB Futbol for most of his futbol life and everyone in the organization has seen him grow as a player and a person through patience, hard work, and the full backing of his family and ANB Futbol.  I could not be more proud to have been involved in his development and I look forward to seeing him face the next steps in his futbol career.”

“We would also like to thank his agent, Nicco Roffo of the Stellar Group, adidas, SAAC, and most importantly, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.”

According to Nicco Roffo, futbol intermediary of the Stellar Group:

“I could not be any happier for Jordan. He is a talented player, a top young man, and he deserves everything that comes his way. All of his hard work has paid off and I expect it to continue to do so. I am pleased for both him and ANB Futbol and I look forward to his future Success!”



ANB Academy Futbol Traveling to Europe



The ANB Academy will be traveling to Europe over March Break, 2014. Three teams (2 boys & 1 girls) will be playing games against professional youth academies in Italy, England and France. The boys (’99 and ’98 / ’97 teams) will first travel to Rome and stay at the renowned Italian Olympic Centre where they will play 2 games within one week. They will then fly to England for another week and participate in games, including traveling to Manchester to face youth teams from Manchester United. The girl’s team (’99 / ’98) will be based in London where they will train as well as play games against top female youth teams, including Arsenal and Chelsea. There will also be the opportunity to travel to Paris to face Paris St. Germain.

A lot of planning has taken place to ensure the trip’s success and the Academy expects positive results, both on and off the field. The experience will be memorable for these young players. The purpose of the trip is to expose ANB players to a professional environment and continue to establish European professional relationships between teams and coaches.

Additionally, two young Academy goalkeepers will stay behind in Europe for a one week trial in France:

Ali Ghazanfari (1997) and Noah Ryan (1999) will be showcasing their goalkeeping skills in the youth academy of the Ligue 2 professional club, ESTAC Troyes (south-east of Paris, France).

Ali is a player in ANB Academy Futbol Sr. Boys program and has been a member of the Academy for the past 5 years, developing his skills to take advantage of this rare opportunity. Noah joined ANB Academy Futbol in 2013 and is an integral part of the U-15 / U-17 programs.


Emeka (Emy) Onoye has been named a “Top 100” prospect for the 2015 MLS Draft. Emy is a junior player at Wright State University (Div. 1 – Horizon League) and has developed into a solid defender who is being recognized for his skills and leadership on and off the field.

Many ANB Alumni who are on scholarship in the United States have finished their fall college playing season and are preparing for their spring training sessions with their schools. ANB Academy anticipates these players will return in the summer to join the Sr. team in league play.

ANB Academy Director, Bassam Naim, has been working hard to secure trials for promising players and preparing for the European trip saying, “It is a great experience for these young athletes to go overseas and witness first-hand what it takes to be a professional futbol player. They will see the top training academies in the world and will develop an awareness of the beautiful game at its highest level. I am especially excited for the young goalkeepers and the fact this is the first time we are bringing girls on an European trip. It also great to see an ANB player being recognized for his talents at the University level.”

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.