Ismael Kone: Who is the 19-year-old Montrealer playing for Team Canada?

Montreal –

From scoring in his skilled debut with CF Montreal on Feb. 23, to taking part in for  World Cup qualifying Crew Canada only one month later, It has been a whirlwind 5 weeks for 19-year previous Ismael Kone.

“It is a dream come true to be sincere, simply to be part of this,” stated Kone on March 23. “Possibly I can’t go, however simply the truth that I am . and I am serving to this staff get certified it is wonderful. It is surreal, to be sincere.”

Only a yr in the past, Kone was removed from an expert athlete taking part in on the world stage. On the time, he was a youth participant in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent borough.

“We now have a variety of expertise, however to really see somebody play with (CF Montreal) was already unimaginable,” stated SC Saint-Laurent Technical Director Rocco Placentino.

Now, he says, “to have him on the lads’s nationwide staff, he may very well be taking part in within the World Cup in a pair months … We’re blessed.”

Placentino says he can already see the enhance it is given the opposite gamers on the membership, particularly since Canada will routinely qualify as a number nation for the world cup in 2026.

“Simply seeing what Kone is doing now, it is making me understand like ‘okay, I’ve 4 years to actually step up my recreation and to play at his degree’,” stated SC Saint-Laurent semi-pro participant Aidan Daly.

“He is proved to all of us that he is succesful, and I am certain {that a} bunch of us are able to doing it as nicely.”

T.’s no assure that Kone will make the 25-man roster that goes to Qatar in November, particularly with some key gamers for Canada getting back from harm.

A type of gamers is Kone’s CF Montreal teammate and fellow Montrealer Samuel Piette, who was sitting pitch-side when Canada secured qualification on Sunday.

“I am not going to lie, I cried a pair tears with a few of my teammates,” stated Piette on Wednesday.

“It is only a dream come true, and clearly I’m actually comfortable to have lived these moments with the staff despite the fact that I wasn’t capable of play.”


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