Abd-El-Aziz Yousef Wanders To Rivers FC
Former Halifax Wanderers Abd-El-Aziz Yousef has landed with League1 BC side Rivers FC.
The 22-year-old winger arrives with some professional experience to his game having been member of the inaugural Halifax Wanderers roster. While he never got to suit up for the east coast side, his time with the club did see him earn a Somalia call-up which saw him play a full ninety minutes during the country’s first-ever World Cup Qualifying win.
Yousef had largely disappeared from Canadian soccer radars after being cut from the squad in 2019, but now joins a brand-new semi-professional outlet that features former CPL talent Jose Hernandez along with highly-touted draft picks like Jan Perritas Glasmacher and Charlie Waters.
Rivers FC is based in Kamloops, with head coach John Antulov set to lead the side into its first season from TRU’s Hillside Stadium. The League1 BC team has also formed a working relationship with the Thompson Okanagan Football Club, giving more options for players looking to build upon their career pathway in BC’s interior region.
The winger is no stranger to Vancouver, having grown up in the city after his family immigrated from Saudi Arabia. Before his first professional stint out east, he had also played for Dutch second division side SC Cambuur, where Cavalry left-back Bradley Vliet also spent some time.
With Yousef now set to test himself at the League1 BC level, it’ll be interesting to see if the 22-year-old might be able to turn a few heads as he seeks to take advantage of a brand new player pathway out west.
Rivers FC will play its first-ever match against Altitude FC this Sunday.