Ottawa Fury FC today announced the club’s fifth international signing with Ghanaian midfielder Hamza Elias joining the expansion North American Soccer League club.
Discovered by a scouting group at a combine that included scouts from Braga, Porto and Monaco the Ghanaian Premier League prospect elected to bring his talents to North America. Hamza joins Fury FC on a one-year contract pending international transfer.
“It is the biggest privilege for a young player like me to join such a professional club like Fury FC,” said Hamza. “I know that with God’s help and a lot of hard work, discipline, determination and dedication that I can help bring the team to a different standard.”
Hamza, 20, is a 5’8 midfielder who spent the 2012-13 season with Ghanaian Second Division side FC Platini Kumasi after spending three seasons in the Ghanaian Premier League split between Medeama FC and Kessben FC. In 2007, the native of Accra was named to Ghana’s U17 National Team.
“We met Hamza through a scout that works closely with us and also with the European and African markets,” said Fury FC Head Coach Marc Dos Santos. “He’s a very dynamic midfielder who works extremely hard for the team. Hamza could play in every position of the midfield. He’s also very young, so our staff will have room to build him into the player we believe he will become.”
At the moment, the Fury FC updated roster for the 2014 season is as follows:
Goalkeeper: Marcel DeBellis
Defenders: Ramon Soria, Omar Jarun, Andrés Fresenga
Midfielders: Nicki Paterson, Richie Ryan, Mauro Eustaquio, Hamza Elias
Forwards: Oliver Minatel, Carl Haworth
Ottawa Fury FC open their inaugural season against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on April 12 before hosting Minnesota United FC in their home opener on April 19. Fury FC season tickets can be purchased in person at the Stadium Preview Centre (Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm) located at 2016 Ogilvie Road, Unit 3 or by calling 613.232.6767. Tickets to the Amway Canadian Championship preliminary knock-out round featuring Ottawa Fury FC and FC Edmonton are included in all Fury FC season ticket packages. Single Game tickets will go on-sale March 1.