Futsal Canada's Roy Blanche Signs Pro Contract in Qatar
One half of Futsal Canada's Technical Directors, Roy Blanche, is believed to have become the first Canadian born player to sign a professional futsal contract with QTel Business Solutions in Qatar for the 2011 Ramadan Cup.
CANADIAN FUTSAL GOALIE ROY BLANCHE POSES WITH HIS TORONTO FUTSAL LEAGUE SHIRT ON THE PITCH OF HIS NEW TEAM, QTEL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS OF QATAR
The 32 year-old Blanche is Canada's all-time futsal caps leader in both AMF and FIFA futsal rules competitions and this latest achievement is another great step for him to reach his ultimate goal of representing Canada at the CONCACAF Futsal Championships in Guatemala next year. The team is sponsored by QTel and by airline juggernaut Qatar Airlines "It was just really fantastc news to get the call from Qatar and being able to play against some excellent players from all over the world in this competition.
I didn't know I was the first Canadian born player to sign a futsal contract so that makes it extra special. I hope this can maybe motivate more kids back home to play futsal and realize that there is money to be made doing what you love." said Blanche via phone. It was an excellent year for the experienced keeper, having won the Toronto Futsal League Season title in addition to the miraculous comeback victory in April that secured his Futsal Club Toronto squad the Copa Canada Championship. Already posting a pair of rare shutouts in his team's first two group stage games already under his belt, the QTel team has already secured a place into the quarter-final round. His plans for after the tournament was rather simple; "I just want to make the Canadian team, put on the red and white jersey and go beat the rest of CONCACAF so we can get to the World Cup in Thailand. That would make all the training, the travel, and the sacrifice worth every it.
I'm doing pretty well so far over here and hopefully with a few more solid performances it will open new doors for me."