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Canada looks for second win at Qatar U-23 series

Fresh from a 1:0 win over Uzbekistan, the Men’s National U-23 Team will face host Qatar in their second match

at a U-23 series in Doha on 28 March 2017. Octavio Zambrano, newly-appointed Head Coach of the Men’s National

Team Program, will look to build on the team’s success and confidence throughout this eight-day camp in Asia.

The Qatar-Canada match kicks off at 19.00 local on Tuesday night (12.00 ET / 09.00 PT). With the series moving to

Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Canada Soccer will again work to stream the match live to our YouTube channel

(www.youtube.com/canadasoccertv) pending the availability of the required infrastructure. Additional in-match

coverage will be provided via Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat,

and Flickr.

“Our attitude has to be that of a winner,” said Zambrano. “When we step on the field, our players have to go all out to

win. We came to get two victories with very little to lose and a lot to gain.”

Qatar lost the first match 1:3 to Uzbekistan, so they will be looking for a rebound performance in front of their home

fans. Canada won the second match 1:0 over Uzbekistan, with Caniggia Elva the goalscorer.

“They are going to come out hard against us, so we need to be ready, but like I said we have come here to win,”

said Zambrano.

All three squads feature players born 1994 or later. Canada’s U-23 squad features a mix of players with national youth

international experience alongside five program debutants. The tournament provides Canada Soccer with an

opportunity to develop and transition younger players on their path to the Men’s National Team.

“We can see that there are certainly some players here that are Men’s National Team caliber players, so hopefully

they continue to evolve both individually and collectively,” said Zambrano. “These are players with a lot of football

ahead of them.”

The U-23 series provides coach Zambrano with his first matches in charge of the Canadian Men’s National Team

Program. He will oversee an integrated program from the Men’s National Team through to all men’s national youth

teams from the U-14 age level and up.

Zambrano’s first match in charge of the Men’s National Team will be 13 June in Montréal when Canada faces

Curaçao as part of both nations’ preparations for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Tickets to that home international

match go on sale this 29 March, with full details available at canadasoccer.com/tickets.

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