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Cavalry Eyes Youngster Chanan Chanda

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Cavalry’s head coach is keeping a close eye on local talent ahead of the 2024 Canadian Premier League season, with 17-year-old forward Chanan Chanda making a case for himself during preseason.

Chanda was part of the Cavalry U-21 squad to take part in the League1 Alberta exhibition series, finishing fourth after eight games played. The team was led by several Cavalry staffers in Leon Hapgood (who is now with NYCFC), Oliver Minatel, and Tofa Fakunle, and they’d evidently liked what they saw from the youngster.

The forward – who can play as both a winger and striker – has been with Cavalry for its preseason trip to Mexico, and was even part of the club’s 7-1 preseason win over Celaya FC this week, adding himself to the scoresheet alongside another youngster in Niko Myroniuk.

Chanan landed on the Cavalry development pathway through Calgary West FC, where he was part of the ’06 squad prior to a move to Calgary Blizzard.

“He’s a physically dominant player who has the strength and centre of gravity to hold off any defender,” said First Touch Football on the young attacker.

Cavalry is now wrapping its Mexican camp after spending ten days in Queretaro, with the club having suited up against third division side Inter de Queretaro, Liga MX’s Queretaro FC, and second division club Celaya FC.

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The club has a couple other domestic teenagers currently on the roster, with Michael Harms signing a multi-year deal and Mael Henry looking like a promising addition since his arrival from Vancouver FC.

The club has developed a strong reputation for its youth development, with youngsters like Aribim Pepple, Victor Loturi, and Goteh Ntignee all earning big moves to Europe after spending time at Spruce Meadows.

Chanan will have further opportunity to impress once Cavalry touches back down on Canadian soil, with the reigning regular season champions set for one last preseason tilt against the Calgary Foothills before the season opener against rival side Forge FC on April 13.

If he doesn’t land a pro contract, the teenage talent is likely to be one of the top choices for a developmental deal and would be a likely returnee to the Calgary U-21 team for the new League1 Alberta season.

Header Image Photo Credit: First Touch Football

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