The African Canadian Soccer and Cultural Association (ACSCA) last Sunday night, in New Westminster, selected eleven soccer players considered the elites of African Canadian soccer in BC. They are known as the ASET XI.
The eleven players are drawn from a list of 20 soccer players from East and West Africa. Team managers from the various teams participating teams in the annual ACSCA soccer tournament did the selection. There were team managers representing, for example, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Cote d'ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Congo (Kinshasa), Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and others.
ACSCA Public Relations Officer Justus Mirembe (photo) assisted by Wavu Kumdinda, coordinated and supervised the selection process which was based on the FIFA point system. At the end of the process the following players emerged victorious: Tchumi Narcisse, Ray Odhiambo, Freddie Malek, Donald Kambere, Habiel Otieno, Bernard Rockson, alias BJ, Eazy Taiwo, Kule Kambere, Bruno Olimene, Shukri Manzoul and Geoffrey Bindi.
The best African player for the year 2011 was also voted for by secret ballot; he will be announced at the ACSCA awards night extravaganza on the 28th of May, 2011 at the Bonsor Hall in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Three female players are contesting for the Female African Player of the Year. They are Jemima Balabyekubo, Elsie Kromah and Dehara September. Votes were cast for this postion on Sunday too. The best female African player for 2011 will also be publicly announced on the 28th May at the awards dinner and dance.