Haiti U-20 star Sanon excited for Ottawa Fury opportunity

Jimmy-Shammar Sanon (#7) scored one goal for Haiti in the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. (Photo: Straffon Images)

OTTAWA – Slightly more than a week after signing with Ottawa Fury FC, Haiti under-20 international Jimmy-Shammar Sanon could make his debut with the USL club during Saturday’s 2017 season opener against host Saint Louis FC.

The 5-foot-7 midfielder was with the Montreal Impact Academy since 2012, before making his professional debut in the second part of the 2016 USL campaign with FC Montreal.

“I am very proud for this opportunity,” Sanon told CONCACAF.com. “I am very happy to get this chance. It will be a new experience for me as I won’t be in Quebec, but in football you need to adapt quickly and with Ottawa Fury they will give me the games I need to develop and turn into a quality player.”

The Canada-born Sanon played in all three of Haiti’s matches at last month’s CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, scoring the first goal in a 5-1 win over St. Kitts & Nevis.

“Jimmy is a young exciting talent with blistering pace,” said Fury FC head coach Paul Dalglish. “He won goal of the year in the USL last year so he definitely has that ability to do something different. He’s young so he’s going to come here and compete for minutes with our guys and hopefully he’ll fulfill his potential with us. He is definitely one player I am excited about this season and he is integral to our plans and what we want to achieve in 2017.”