De Jong wins second term as head of Professional Footballers Association Canada

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Marcel de Jong has won a second term as president of the Professional Footballers Association Canada (PFACan).

De Jong, who recently announced his retirement as a Pacific FC player, won by acclamation. Treasurer Tomi Ameobi, who captained FC Edmonton last season, also retained his post by acclamation.

Cavalry FC goalkeeper Marco Carducci and Issey Nakajima-Farran, a former Pacific FC player, were voted first and second vice-president, respectively. The first vice-president would take over as president if the job became open.

Carducci was vice-president last year while Nakajima-Farran was a board member.

Sasha Andrews-Vietz, Daryl Fordyce, Ciara McCormack and incumbent Ben Fisk were voted members at large.

Andrews-Vietz is a former Canadian international while B.C.-born McCormack is a former Irish international. Fordyce is a forward with Valour FC while Fisk captained Atletico Ottawa last year.

The association's bylaws requires two female board members, with Andrews-Vietz and McCormack both acclaimed.

Kyle Porter (FC Edmonton) and Niko Giantsopoulos (York United FC) ran unsucessfully for the board. Porter served as vice-president last year.

PFACan was accepted last month as a candidate member by FIFPRO, which represents more than 65,000 professional men's and women's players across 65 affiliated national player associations.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 27, 2021

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