Expecting an ‘amazing atmosphere’ at Wanderers Grounds
Sukunda first caught the eye as a talented youngster when playing for St. Lawrence United of the Southeast Ontario Soccer Association.
He went on to be a part of several elite youth academies, including a spell with Auxerre’s development system in France, in addition to playing with Ottawa Fury and Montreal Impact at the youth level.
After two years with the Impact’s development program, he made his professional debut with FC Montreal in 2015.
Sukunda then made some big decisions that would take him around the world.
First turning out for Swedish team Umeå FC in 2017, before making a move to Australia at the end of that year, where he played for Hume City FC and then Northcote City FC.
“I learned how to take care of myself. I was away from home. You learn a whole new sense of professionalism,” he said.
His career journey is another thing that Stephen Hart gives him kudos for.
“He knows what it takes to be a professional,” said Hart.
Thrilled to be a part of a new national league back in his home country, Sukunda’s goal is to make a quick impression with Wanderers fans, having already heard all about “The Kitchen” section of the stadium.
“It will be an amazing atmosphere at the games,” he said.
While shutting down opposition wingers will remain a key task for him, Sukunda is also keen to build a reputation as a full-back who gets into attacking positions.
“That’s my forte in the attacking third where I like to make overlapping runs and get crosses in,” he said.
The Wanderers are unveiling Sukunda as the first of what will be a core group of up and coming Canadian players the club hopes will develop in the new league.
That’s all a part of the CPL’s overall mandate to be a league for Canadians by Canadians.
And Sukunda is just glad to be getting the chance to be involved from the start in Halifax.
“I hope we can thrive with the fans and get along because I think this city can do something special,” he said.
The Wanderers will be making more player announcements in the coming months as Stephen Hart continues to build his squad for the inaugural season of the CPL, which will kick-off in April 2019.
The club would like to congratulate Zachary and wish him every success in Halifax.