Windsorites cheer on Team Canada’s males’s soccer group

Soccer followers got here out in droves Wednesday for the primary recreation in Canada’s historic return to the World Cup.

“I remember ‘86 the last time they went. It’s just mind-blowing that they’re there,” stated Mike Whaley a member of the Voyageurs, the official fan membership of Canadian soccer. “I’ve been a hardcore fan for 11 years. It’s special.”

Whaley was one of many folks watching the World Cup motion on TSN contained in the Manchester Pub in downtown Windsor.

“This crowd here, it’s just mind-blowing,” he stated.

It was standing room solely with each tv tuned into the sport for almost two hours Wednesday.

Among them, Marjorie Sakalo, who’s interview with CTV News was drowned out a number of instances by the excited crowd.

“It’s amazing! People from all generations (and) all ethnicities, people that might have cheered for Italy but we’re Canada today,” she stated.

“This is huge for Soccer Canada,” stated Shane McGowan who believes Canadians are beginning to understand what a fantastic sport soccer is.

“It’s not just (like) hockey. ‘Skate fast. Go hard.’ It’s a chess match, and I think the rest of Canada is catching on,” stated McGowan.

“I wish I was in Qatar right now but I’m not, I’m here with my people,” stated Tayo Ajasa. “I’m Nigerian by birth but like I’m Canadian now, I’m Nigerian-Canadian now you get me? It’s Canada all the way and we’ve waited so long for this!”

Although the group would go dwelling disillusioned with a 1-0 loss for Canada, they’re nonetheless pleased with the pink and white.

“I’m supporting Team Canada in our first World Cup in a long time,” stated Sakalo.

“We are lucky this year,” stated Sonny Saadat, proprietor of Flag and Sign Deport in Windsor, who wanted to purchase Soccer Canada flags for the World Cup for the primary time in his firm’s 30-year historical past.

“Every four years (this is) happening. So we have lots of customers. New customers and (old ones come back). That’s the advantage of the World Cup,” stated Saadat.  

The Flag & Sign Depot has flags of all World Cup soccer nations in inventory in Windsor Ont. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (Michelle Maluske/CTV News Windsor)

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