FC Edmonton is pleased to announce Randy Edwini-Bonsu and Allan Zebie as the club’s first signings for the Canadian Premier League’s inaugural season. These experienced Canadians will play a pivotal role as we build momentum entering 2019.
FC Edmonton has a plan of how we want to build our rosters in order to construct an identity, exhibit a style of play and fulfill the league’s mandate of being a league that is for Canadians, by Canadians.
Randy Edwini-Bonsu was born in Ghana, before moving to Edmonton at the age of 12. The forward played for Southwest United, and was a part of their National silver medal-winning Under-16 team in 2006. Edwini-Bonsu also spent time with the Vancouver Whitecaps (PDL), and playing overseas in Finland and Germany. In addition, Edwini-Bonsu has 10 caps with Canada’s senior men’s team, scoring once.
“It’s been a long time coming but I’m happy we were able to make this happen,” said Edwini-Bonsu. “I’ve been looking forward to coming home to play for some time now and it’s finally possible. I’m excited to be playing in front of my friends and family again.”
“In wanting to build a fast, attack-minded roster, my first thoughts have always been to try to bring Randy home,” said FC Edmonton Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations, Jeff Paulus. “His pace will cause problems for even the quickest defenders and his experiences overseas will also serve our young players very well, as Randy will be asked to embrace a leadership role.”
Allan Zebie was born in France, and moved to Edmonton from Montreal at the age of 15. An Xtreme FC product and graduate of the FC Edmonton Academy, Zebie signed a first team contract with the club in 2015. Over the course of three seasons, the midfielder/fullback appeared in 58 matches (NASL & Canadian Championship) for FC Edmonton.
“I’m excited to be a part of a new journey with the club, and given the opportunity to be a professional soccer player,” said Zebie. “I’m looking forward to playing in front of my family, friends and our fans again.”
“He’s a player that we all know so well who simply does everything well,” said Paulus. “Allan is that player that we all want – a player that can play in multiple positions and one whose work rate makes him invaluable to the way our team will press the opposition. I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue to work alongside him.”
FC Edmonton is a proud member of the Canadian Premier League, kicking off in April of 2019. For season ticket information, head to our website – https://fcedmonton.canpl.ca/tickets/