On March of 2017, the Ecuadorian born manager Octavio Zambrano was officially unveiled as the new manager of the Canadian national Soccer team as he replaced the interim coach of that time Michael Findlay.
¨I would like to thank Canada Soccer for this incredible opportunity to lead the Men’s National Team Program and align the strong and deep talent pool that exists from coast to coast¨
¨My passion is the development of young athletes and I view football as part sport, part art, and part entertainment. I will look to portray all three through the tactics and player development within the Men’s National Team program¨ Octavio Zambrano said as he voiced his appreciation for being proposed with this new managerial position.
Octavio Zambrano has over 25 years of experience involving managing clubs as his 1st job was way back on 1990 when he was the assistant coach of California Kickers, a team that later went on to become an amateur club as they opted to leave the American Professional Soccer League.
From there on out, Zambrano has taken charge of various clubs but this is the 1st time that he has managed a national team and despite this being his debut, it has actually been going impressively well for him and for the Canadian national side.
The 59 year old manager was able to guide Canada to the quarter-finals of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup; this is something that had not been able to do since 2009.
Canada has never really been considered as one of the top national sides in terms of football as they have consistently struggled even trying to qualify for big international competitions including the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup but maybe with the addition of Octavio Zambrano, he can change this and start turning it around.