Alex Bunbury looking forward to Guyana visit
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GUYANESE-born Canadian football great, Alex Bunbury, says that he is excited about his proposed visit to the place he called home over 40 years ago. The former Canadian National team striker, who made 65 appearances for ‘The Canucks’, is expected in Guyana on Sunday for his visit which runs until January 25.
“I look forward to sharing my lessons and my story with young Guyanese boys and girls of every race, and to inspire them to work hard, learn the fundamentals of football and play the game the right way. During my two-week visit, I will host 4 free youth football clinics, the first of which will be held in my hometown of Plaisance,” Bunbury told Chronicle Sport in an interview.
The 48-year-old Bunbury said that he’s looking forward to presenting his “bold vision and proposal to build and manage The Alex Bunbury Sports and Academics Academy in Guyana to help young people realise their full potential as productive, innovative and caring citizens in the game of life”.
Born in Plaisance to Doreen and Harry Bunbury, Alex said he’s grateful for the opportunity given by his parents who migrated to Canada when he was nine years old.
Bunbury started learning the ‘Beautiful Game’ of football at age 12 and excelled at both the youth and senior levels of the Canadian National Football Teams.
“My dream journey as a professional footballer took me from Canada to England and then to Portugal where I found my niche at CS Maritimo in the first division of La Liga. Over seven amazing years, I became (and still remain) CS Maritimo’s All-Time, leading goalscorer. Finally, I finished my distinguished career in the MLS with the Kansas City Wizards,” Bunbury said.
“Undoubtedly, football has brought me fame and fortune, but most importantly the lessons I have learned along the way have made be a better human being. I am a proud father of 4 beautiful children, Kylie an award-winning actress, Teal a current professional footballer and member of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, Logan an aspiring musician and Mataeo the youngest at age 10, following in his father and brother’s footsteps.
Alex, father of New England Revolution forward Teal Bunbury reasoned that he’s passionate about helping young people (especially the disadvantaged) develop their natural gifts as footballers and leaders. I am passionate about giving back to my country of birth, the country that gave me a unique set of values, discipline, humility and a strong work ethic that helped shape my success as a Hall-of-Fame professional footballer”.
Meanwhile Chronicle Sport understands that Bunbury, his brother, coach Sam (Bunbury), and a group of local coaches will host a free youth soccer clinic in the Plaisance/Buxton area during the first week.
They will be joined by Brooklyn, NY-based coach Stan Harmon, and Golden Jaguars captain Christopher Nurse (awaiting final confirmation) for a second week of the clinic for boys and girls aged 12-15.

By Rawle Toney

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