Randy Edwini-Bonsu

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Randy Edwini-Bonsu
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Edwini-Bonsu with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2009
Personal information
Full name Randy Edwini-Bonsu
Date of birth (1990-04-20) April 20, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ghana
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Edmonton Green & Gold
2007 Metz
2007 Vancouver Whitecaps
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Vancouver Whitecaps 32 (2)
2008–2010 Whitecaps Residency 26 (11)
2011 AC Oulu 20 (16)
2011–2013 Eintracht Braunschweig 16 (0)
2012–2013 Eintracht Braunschweig II 5 (1)
2014–2015 Stuttgarter Kickers 52 (7)
2015–2016 VfR Aalen 11 (0)
2016–2017 FC Homburg 20 (0)
2017–2018 Tennis Borussia Berlin 23 (6)
2019 FC Edmonton 12 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Canada U17 15 (2)
2008–2009 Canada U20 5 (3)
2012 Canada U23 2 (0)
2010–2015 Canada 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2015

Randy Edwini-Bonsu (born April 20, 1990) is a Canadian soccer player who last played for FC Edmonton in the Canadian Premier League.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Edwini-Bonsu started playing soccer when his family immigrated from Ghana to Edmonton, Alberta in 2002. He played club soccer for the Green & Gold Soccer Club at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and, from 2004 and 2006, was a member of the Alberta provincial team, leading his province to a gold medal victory at the 2006 Canadian All-Star Championship.

At club level, Edwini-Bonsu played for Southwest United of the Edmonton Interdistrict Youth Soccer Association (EIYSA) between 2003 and 2006, and in his last year with the club he took Southwest United U-16's to an Alberta provincial title and a second-place finish at Canadian Club Championship in Moncton, New Brunswick.

In 2007, he trained with the U-18 and reserve sides of French club FC Metz.[1]

Vancouver Whitecaps[edit]

Later in 2007 he signed with the youth academy of USL First Division side Vancouver Whitecaps. He played for Whitecaps' development team, Vancouver Whitecaps Residency, in the USL Premier Development League, helping the team to the Conference Finals in its inaugural season, scoring nine goals in 15 games along the way.

Following the conclusion of the 2008 PDL season, Edwini-Bonsu was called up to the senior Vancouver Whitecaps team, and made his professional debut on August 20, 2008 in a 0–0 tie with the Seattle Sounders.[2]

AC Oulu[edit]

In 2011, Edwini-Bonsu played for Finnish Ykkönen side AC Oulu.[3]

Eintracht Braunschweig[edit]

On November 22, 2011, it was announced that Edwini-Bonsu had signed a contract with Eintracht Braunschweig through June 2013,[4] after impressing in two friendlies while on trial, scoring a total of four goals. Edwini-Bonsu made his debut in Germany on February 5, 2012 in a 2–1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, he came on as a second half sub for Mathias Fetsch.[5]

On March 4, 2012, Edwini-Bonsu made his home debut in a league game for Eintracht Braunschweig as a sub for Damir Vrančić (32nd minute).[6] This substitution set the basics for Eintracht beating Hansa Rostock 3–2: Edwini-Bonsu initiated an attack that led to Braunschweig's second goal. In minute 79, Edwini-Bonsu was fouled which led to the final result by a directly converted free-kick from Nico Zimmermann.[7]

His good performance in this match got confirmed by Eintracht Braunschweig's fans who have voted him as the "Player of the Day".[8] However, subsequently Edwini-Bonsu could not establish himself as a regular at the club, and his contract was not renewed at the end of the 2012–13 season.[9]

Stuttgarter Kickers[edit]

After six months without a club, he signed for 3. Liga side Stuttgarter Kickers in January 2014.

VfR Aalen[edit]

After his contract had not been renewed, he moved to fellow leaguer VfR Aalen on June 30, 2015, signing a contract until 2017.[10]

FC Edmonton[edit]

In November 2018, Edwini-Bonsu signed with Canadian Premier League club FC Edmonton.[11] He made his debut for Edmonton on May 4 against Valour FC. On November 4, Edmonton announced Edwini-Bonsu would be leaving the club.[12]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

On November 12, 2008 he was called to a Canada U-20 training camp in Switzerland. Edwini-Bonsu represented Canada at the 2007 CONCACAF U17 Tournament in Kingston, Jamaica; Canada finished fourth in Group B. Edwini-Bonsu was later called up to a U-20 camp for Canada in November 2008 which included an exhibition match against U-21 from Young Boys Bern on November 24 in Bern and then an international friendly match against Switzerland on November 26, 2008 in Solothurn. He tied for the goal-scoring lead with three goals in three games at the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship even though Canada didn't advance past the group stage. In January 2010, he was called up for the U-23 of Canada alongside his teammate Philippe Davies.[13]

Senior[edit]

On January 31, 2010, he earned his first cap for the Canada national men's soccer team in a friendly match against Jamaica.[14][15][16] Edwini-Bonsu didn't return to Canada's senior team until March 22, 2013, when he received his second cap in a friendly against Japan.[17] On June 27, 2013 Edwini-Bonsu was listed as a part of the confirmed 23-man squad for Colin Miller's Canada squad for 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[18] Edwini-Bonsu scored his first goal for Canada in a friendly against Puerto Rico on March 30, 2015.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 5 November 2019[20]
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup Continental Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vancouver Whitecaps 2008 USL First Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2009 USL First Division 10 0 0 0 5 1 15 1
2010 USSF Division 2 18 2 3 0 1 0 22 2
Total 32 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 41 4
AC Oulu 2011 Ykkönen 20 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 16
Eintracht Braunschweig 2011–12 2. Bundesliga 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2012–13 2. Bundesliga 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Total 16 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
Eintracht Braunschweig II 2012–13 Oberliga Niedersachsen 5 1 0 0 5 1
Stuttgarter Kickers 2013–14 3. Liga 17 2 0 0 0 0 17 2
2014–15 3. Liga 35 5 1 0 0 0 36 5
Total 52 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 53 7
VfR Aalen 2015–16 3. Liga 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
FC Homburg 2016–17 Regionalliga Südwest 20 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
Tennis Borussia Berlin 2017–18 NOFV-Oberliga 23 6 0 0 0 0 23 6
FC Edmonton 2019 Canadian Premier League 12 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
Career total 191 32 8 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 205 33
  1. ^ Includes appearances in the Canadian Championship and DFB-Pokal.
  2. ^ Includes appearances in the USL First Division Playoffs and USSF Division 2 Playoffs.

International[edit]

As of 19 January 2019[21]
Canada national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
2012 0 0
2013 3 0
2014 3 0
2015 3 1
Total 10 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.[22]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 30 March 2015 Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico  Puerto Rico
2–0
3–0
Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Support our Canadian Professionals Playing Abroad!". ANB Soccer Inc. February 8, 2006. Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2009.
  2. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps at Seattle Sounders 0:0". uslsoccer.com. August 20, 2008. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "Randy Edwini-Bonsu on Ykkösen syyskuun pelaaja" (in Finnish). AC Oulu. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "Eintracht Braunschweig verpflichtet Randy Edwini-Bonsu" (in German). Eintracht Braunschweig. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  5. ^ "Frankfurt 2 - 1 Eintracht". ESPN Soccernet. February 5, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Zimmermann sichert ersten Rückrundenerfolg" (in German). kicker.de. March 4, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "Edwini-Bonsus Überraschung" (in German). kicker.de. March 5, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  8. ^ "Wahl zum Spieler des Tages" (in German). Eintracht Braunschweig. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  9. ^ "Verträge mit Kessel und Vrancic verlängert" (in German). Eintracht Braunschweig. May 17, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  10. ^ "Edwini-Bonsu und Holter in Aalen" (in German). kicker.de. July 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Larson, Kurt (November 29, 2018). "First class: Canadian Premier League signings ready to compete in historic inaugural season".
  12. ^ Khimji, Khassim (November 4, 2019). "FC Edmonton announces the departures of eight players following 2019 CPL season".
  13. ^ "Whitecaps pair earn Olympic call-up". Whitecaps FC. January 8, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  14. ^ "Edwini-Bonsu training with senior team". Whitecaps FC. January 21, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  15. ^ "Jamaica beats Canada 1-0 in men's soccer friendly". CTV News. February 1, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  16. ^ "Edwini-Bonsu earns full cap for Canada". ESPN Soccernet. January 31, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  17. ^ "Canada vs Japan - 2013-03-22". canadasoccer.com. March 22, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
  18. ^ "Canada Finalize roster for Gold Cup, announces friendly". Canada Soccer. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  19. ^ Squizzato, Daniel. "Puerto Rico 0, Canada 3". Major League Soccer. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  20. ^ "R. Edwini-Bonsu". Soccerway. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  21. ^ "Randy Edwini-Bonsu". Canada Soccer. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  22. ^ "Randy Edwini-Bonsu". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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