Jayvon Mitchum, Sports Reporter
Men’s Humber Hawks soccer team has been part of the top collegiate elite within the span of eight years, capturing numerous CCAA and OCAA titles and medals.
That’s all the more reason as to why they’ve been chosen to represent Canada for the second International University Sports Federation (FISU) America event in Merida, Mexico.
They will be competing from May 31 through to June 10 against between 20 and 25 countries.
Head coach Michael Aquino said he feels privileged to be the coach of the team representing Canada.
“I’m honoured, just to have the opportunity while I’m still coach.” He continues. “For Humber being selected as one of the entries is fantastic. We’re all honoured to be a part of it.”
With Humber’s 2019 soccer season posting a 7-2 win-loss record, along with winning the OCAA championship in October, what better way to start off the year than receiving the news that they’re competing in a higher level.
Assistant coach Ricardo Fonseca also couldn’t believe they were picked for the “special moment.”
“We are honoured to have been selected to represent Canada,” he said.
And now Fonseca said the team will be preparing to take on the best of the Western Hemisphere.
“We are going to play a series of exhibition games against teams from U Sports to prepare for what’s about to come,” he said. U Sports is the governing body of university sports in Canada.
Humber student and soccer fan Noel Hunnigan is excited that Humber is going for the opportunity.
“It would put our school on the map with this type of recognition,” Hunnigan said.
“This team is now going to be a part of Canadian history and me being a fan of the past games, I hope our team is able to come up towards the challenge and win for us.”
Aquino is preparing to advance through and train his team to the best of their abilities.
“To compete at our highest level, we have to be the best that we can be, to perform at our best,” he said. “I think as a team, we’ve always been a program, a team that’s showing and improving themselves to be the very best, so we’re going to prepare ourselves as champions.
“We’re going to continue to do what we need to do to be fully prepared for the competition,” Aquino said.