KELOWNA, BC – Sidrit Vukaj, a third generation soccer player with a strong goal scoring skillset, will graduate from Fleetwood Park Secondary this June and will lace up his boots for UBC Okanagan this fall.
More offense is on the way for head coach Dante Zanatta's Heat men's soccer program after receiving commitment from Vukaj, one of the most talented strikers coming out of high school this year in the Lower Mainland.
Playing striker or an attacking midfield position Vukaj is usually found up front, on the left side, for his Coastal FC Club team that he ahs played with since 2013. Prior to joining Coastal in the High Performance League (HPL) Vukaj was a part of the Vancouver Whitecaps Pre-Residency program for two years.
Concurrently for three summers while playing for Coastal Vukaj was also a part of the provincial program, playing for the BC Team from 2013-16.
The Surrey product will enter the Management program in the fall and cites the quality of education at UBC as one of the main reasons for choosing the Okanagan as the place his choice to play and learn.
"I chose UBCO for offering some of the best post secondary programs in North America and athletically for the highly professional atmosphere Dante [Zanatta] and his coaching staff have established, stated Vukaj adding that he is "Happy to start my university studies at UBCO while playing my favorite sport." Vukaj continues elaborating, "During the camp I attended in the spring, I was impressed by the professionalism of the coaching staff. I'm excited and look forward to contributing to the team."
"We are excited that Sid has chosen UBCO, and chose the Okanagan because he had offers to other schools," states Zanatta. "He is a footballer who likes to be on the ball, has a nose for the net with the ability to score from many different parts on the pitch, he is also skilled at setting his teammates up. We [Zanatta and his coaching staff] believe that Sid will fit in well with our program, the players that are here and those that have committed to us. Tom [Flanagan, assistant coach] and I believe that Sid will have a great career here at UBCO."
A third generation soccer player, Vukaj's father and grandfather both played at an extremely competitive level. His grandfather played for the local professional team (Vllaznia of Shkodra) while his father played on his Albanian universities squad. Sidrit himself has also received an invite to the U19 Albanian National team.
The schedule for the men's soccer team will be released on June 14th. Check goheat.ca for details.