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Twardek shortlisted for Canadian Player of the Year award

30 November 2016

Canadian U20s captain "overwhelmed and humbled" at nomination

Lions midfielder Kris Twardek has been included on the shortlist for the 2016 Canadian U20s Player of The Year award.

The 19-year-old, who captained the national side to victory in a friendly against Honduras earlier this month, has been recognised for his rapid rise on the international stage.  

"It's been a whirlwind year and I am extremely honoured to be nominated," Kris told

Twardek spent three years representing his father's home-nation of the Czech Republic before switching international allegiances to his own country of birth earlier this year.

"I grew up in Canada and there's a very strong connection for me there," he added. "I have big ambitions for the future but I'm just so happy that the gamble to change national teams is paying off.

"When I found out I was nominated for the Player of The Year I instantly called my dad. My family have been so supportive and I can't thank them enough.

"The next test will be the U20s World Cup qualifiers in February. We are all looking forward to it, especially because football is starting to get a lot more exposure in Canada. It used to be all about hockey but football is getting bigger and bigger."

The winner of the Canadadian U20s Player of The Year will be announced on Wednesday 14th December.

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