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Monday , 23 May 2022
Portage College's men's futsal team. L to R: Head Coach Kika Mukuninwa (Head Coach), Braedon Farion, Bjorn Goolie, Walid Elaaji, Mukire Kiroro, Khaled Elakrout, Michael Musanza, Assistant Coach Glenda Bouvier. BOT L to R: Garrison Wiebe, James Ruhiga , Fiston Kiese, Laiath Albu-Hamdan, Robbie Hagerman. Image credit: Darryl Hansen Photography.

Portage College men’s futsal team division champs, head to playoffs

The Portage College Voyageurs Men’s futsal team is playoff bound. The Voyageurs will compete in the 2022 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Futsal Championships March 26-27 at The King’s University in Edmonton.

The Voyageurs went undefeated in four games during northeastern regional games in February to punch their tickets to the playoffs, which will feature the top teams from the four ACAC futsal divisions. They defeated Lakeland College and The King’s University in those four contests.

Voyageurs Head Coach Kika Mukuninwa is excited for the opportunity and believes his team has a good chance of becoming league champions.

“Since the heartbreaking end of the outdoor season, the boys found a new level of focus and determination that translated into success in futsal and a readiness to compete against anyone,” he said.

Mukuninwa pointed to the Voyageurs’ team spirit and willingness to work hard for each other as traits that will serve them well as the stakes get higher. “It’s easy to be selfish when you are talented, but the boys are embodying the team first mentality that’s necessary for winning,” he said.

As proud as the head coach is of the men’s team, he is just as proud of the women’s team, who did not qualify for the championships. “The ladies improved from match to match and I’m really excited for their next season,” said Mukuninwa.

Press release Portage College. 

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.