FC Edmonton Confirms Just Two Returning Players
As we had previously reported, the two academy products will be the only returning FC Edmonton players from the club’s previous season.
The embattled CPL side is currently being run by the league office whilst a new buyer is secured, with head coach Alan Koch in the midst of a roster rebuild that will be run on minimum salary players and loans from both CPL and MLS sides.
The two returning academy products got their first taste of the professional game last season, with both arriving from an FC Edmonton Academy system that has now been shuttered.
Defender T-Boye Fayia made eleven appearances during his rookie campaign with the Eddies in 2021, with the full-back featuring on both sides of the flank as needed. Born in Liberia but growing up Edmonton, he showed some good runs down the flank and will be expecting to get more minutes this year.
Last season also saw 21-year-old goalkeeper Darlington Murasinanwa rise up to the professional ranks through the academy system, with the former Guelph Gryphons youngster securing one clean sheet from six appearances.
Murasiranwa was born in Zimbabwe, with the young goalkeeper being raised in South Africa before moving to Edmonton at the age of 13. He made fourteen appearances for the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy at the U-16 level before joining the FC Edmonton Academy after that.
Both of these players embody who we are. They are both young charismatic players who bring an infectious attitude to the daily work environment and we look forward to welcoming them back to the team again in 2022.Alan Koch
The club also sent out a thank you message for all of its athletes from the 2021 Canadian Premier League season, with Fayia and Murasiranwa now confirmed to be the only returning athletes from that time.
The Canadian Premier League side has just announced former Edmonton Oilers executive Jeff Harrop as its new Club President, replacing Eric Newendorp in the role. The new leadership figure is hopeful to re-ignite a fanbase with plenty of potential, stating that he has long-term aspirations to remain once a buyer is found for the club.