Alistair Johnston’s reputation is second to none. He’s a talker so no one is surprised that he was made an ambassador to rally Canadians behind the Canadian national team.
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The maneuver is rather amusing since it is a Budweiser initiative that aims to rally Italian Canadians behind the maple leaf.
It must be understood that the Italians are without a team this year since Italy failed for a rare time, during the qualifications.
The brewer therefore recruited Johnston, as well as Sebastian Giovinco, who has some influence on Italians in the Toronto area.
“It’s a good thing to have Seba with me, he has more influence over the Italians. Canada has a great relationship with the Italian community. It won’t be an easy task, but we can do it,” Johnston noted in a phone chat.
Johnston is a soccer buff, he could talk about it for hours and it’s not new. He was also passionate when he was a child.
“I’m a player, but also a fan and I remember my first World Cups. Now it’s the turn of young people to experience the same sensations. »
And he hopes he and his teammates will be able to rock the nation.
“We know who we are, we know the opposition will be tough, but it’s great to go out there knowing you can do more than just represent the country and wave the Canadian flag. We can get a first point, a first victory, anything can happen in a single game. »
The CF Montreal guard, who will head to Bahrain on Saturday for the national team’s precamp, has been able to see the interest of Canadian fans in recent weeks.
“My parents are constantly approached,” he says. In the streets of Montreal and even Toronto, I can get tapped on the shoulder by people who want to encourage me. »
The Ontarian has a good sense of observation and he especially notices the change among the people who show him their support.
“It’s not just soccer fans who are interested in the sport anymore, it’s sports fans who are interested in it. »
“Qualifying has something to do with it, but it can’t be just for a moment, you have to go to the World Cup on a constant basis and that’s what we want to achieve in the future”, concludes Johnston.
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