Thursday, December 01, 2005
Doliscat Forced to Make Changes
Canada’s Francophone Games Head Coach, Rudy Doliscat, has had to make some last minute changes to his 2005 Francophone Games roster.
In an unfortunate training incident on Sunday (November 28th), highly-touted midfielder Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault
, limped off the training field with what has been diagnosed as a spiral fracture of his right fibula.
Beaulieu-Bourgault, who recently signed in Germany with Hamburg-based FC St. Pauli, is likely to miss 4-6 weeks with the injury. If there is any fortunate news for Beaulieu-Bourgault, it is that the injury has occurred a few weeks prior to the German winter-break, thus limiting the time away from training.
In order to fill the void left by Beaulieu-Bourgault’s departure, Doliscat has summoned two players to bolster his current roster.
University of Alabama-Birmingham midfielder Derek Rios
and University of Louisville defender John Jonke
have both been added to the roster and are expected to arrive in Morocco on December 1st.
The call to play for Canada is the first for the freshman defender, Jonke. The Pickering, ON native will be looking to impress the Canadian staff in Niger for what could be an eventual invite to Dale Mitchell’s next U20 training camp.
For Rios, the call signifies a return to the National Team fold. The young midfielder last featured for Canada in the summer of 2003 in a 3-1 loss to the US in Blaine, MN. Rios scored the equalizer mid-way through that match before two late goals (in minute 77 and 90+) saw off the Canadians.
The Canadians will depart Morocco for Niamey, Niger on December 5th and will open the Francophone Games against Cameroon on December 6th, 2005.