Earn­ing his call back

Sanoh head­ing back to Toronto for pre-sea­son camp with Toronto FC II

Journal Pioneer - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON MAL­LOY

Ibra Sanoh has caught the at­ten­tion of the Toronto FC man­age­ment.

The Hol­land Col­lege Hur­ri­canes star leaves to­day for Toronto to take part in Toronto FC II’s pre-sea­son camp.

“It’s one step closer to my dream,” he said, of play­ing pro­fes­sional soc­cer. “I’ve been want­ing this since I was a kid.”

Sanoh, who turns 24 in April, at­tended the Ma­jor League Soc­cer (MLS) team’s three-day com­bine ear­lier this month. It was to iden­tify play­ers to as­sign to their de­vel­op­ment teams.

Sanoh said his first game of the com­bine wasn’t his best, but he quickly caught up to the pace of play and turned in a strong per­for­mance in the sec­ond con­test, gen­er­at­ing scor­ing chances and record­ing an as­sist.

“That’s when I re­ally played my game,” he said.

A six-foot-two striker from Con­akry, Guinea, who lives in Char­lot­te­town, has dom­i­nated play on At­lantic Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (ACAA) pitches since join­ing Hol­land Col­lege four years ago. This past sea­son, he scored 31 goals in 14 games, giv­ing the striker a team record 101 goals for his ca­reer. Sanoh, a mar­ket­ing and advertising man­age­ment stu­dent, won his fourth straight ACAA player of the year hon­ours and was named the Cana­dian Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion men’s soc­cer’s top player in Novem­ber. Hur­ri­canes head coach Jonathan Vos is ex­cited about his young striker’s lat­est op­por­tu­nity. He said Sanoh got a chance to play against the top col­le­giate play­ers four times and con­tin­ued to push him­self to im­prove each year.

“At times, he may not be as chal­lenged dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, but when it comes time for that na­tional event, he was able to step up and im­prove,” he said. “He puts a lot of time in in­di­vid­u­ally to try and get bet­ter. He’s got a re­ally good ap­proach and learns from his mis­takes.”

Sanoh said he is ap­pre­cia­tive of ev­ery­thing the Hur­ri­canes coach­ing staff and mem­bers of the Hol­land Col­lege ath­let­ics depart­ment have done for him dur­ing the past four sea­sons.

“It’s thanks to Hol­land Col­lege I’m here now,” he said. “They helped me build my game.”

Sanoh said some days he’s ner­vous, other days it’s ex­cite­ment and some­times it’s both as he pre­pared for the pre­sea­son camp. But, he said, he’s not scared of the out­come as he is go­ing to put his best foot for­ward and leave it all on the pitch. He will take part in train­ing ses­sions as well as an in­trasquad and ex­hi­bi­tion games.

Sanoh is also one of the three fi­nal­ists for the Syn­ergy Fit­ness and Nu­tri­tion In­ter­col­le­giate Male Ath­lete of the Year, which will be pre­sented by Sport P.E.I. next week.


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