Teenage Tabla tabbed to join Canadian men
Veteran midfielder Atiba Hutchinson returns while teenager Ballou Tabla makes his debut on John Herdman’s roster for Canada’s CONCACAF Nations League home game against Dominica Oct. 16 at Toronto’s BMO Field. Hutchinson, who has earned 78 caps for Canada, makes his first national team appearance since a 2-0 win over Jamaica in September 2017. Born in the Ivory Coast, Tabla only recently committed to Canada. There are six teenagers in the squad: Alphonso Davies, 17, Alessandro Busti and Jonathan David, both 18, and Tabla, Zachary Brault- Guillard and Liam Millar, all 19. Hutchinson, 35, David Edgar and Tosaint Ricketts, both 31, are the only over-30 members on the 23-man squad. Canada is currently ranked 79th in the world, compared to No. 177 for Dominica.