Reversal of fortunes?

Andrew Fuentes

Two CEGEP standouts recently join RSEQ team’s 2014 class.

Two CEGEP standouts have recently committed to the playing in the RSEQ for the 2014 season.

Both Andrew Fuentes and Ramez Popal-Hamidi signed with the Concordia Stingers.


The 5’6, 170 pound halfback from Valleyfield, Quebec was influenced by the strength of the academic programs and the new vision and leadership the team will have this upcoming season.

Ultimately, he believes that he will thrive and develop into an elite player with the Stingers.

“I chose to commit to Concordia University because they have an excellent academic program and their football program has produced some fantastic football players that have gone on to play at the pro level,” expressed Fuentes.  “I was interested in Concordia because of the great players that have come out of their football program.”

“Personally, I hope to improve as football player and I believe the coaches and players at Concordia can help me do so. They didn’t have the greatest record this past season but I believe the program is turning things around this year and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Fuentes joins the Stingers after completing a two year stint with CEGEP Division 2 team, John Abbott College Islanders.  Moreover, he played three seasons with his high school team, Chateauguay Valley Regional Spartans.

Ramez Popal Hamidi


The 6’1, 225 pound defensive back from Longueuil, Quebec previously played for CEGEP Division 1 teams Vanier Cheetahs and Montmorency Nomades.

Popal-Hamidi issued the following statement about his commitment to the Stingers:

“I chose Concordia because of a coach in particular, Shaun Mayne, which I met at Vanier and his detail orientated coaching method which I really liked. He is the Special Teams Coach and Defensive Line Coach.”

“Playing linebacker and defensive end I will be mentored by him in both special teams and defensive line. Shaun helped a ton during some rough patches in college and his help proved to me that he trusted my athletic capacities. This friendly and mentor approach helped my decision a ton in areas of how much knowledge and where he sees me in their system. I know now that whatever happens in my university football time will be solely a projection of effort I put in.”

“The straight forward way of doing things there really attracted me and the guys were very amicable. I know where I am and what I have to do in the system.”

“I had a couple of stumbles during my college football that affected me on the field but this will no longer be a problem and will most definitely be a motivating factor to get my game up.”

“I did not see much playing time at Montmorency compared to Vanier mainly because of the different football philosophies. I needed to come back to what I was comfortable and better at and Concordia is exactly what I need. Concordia is giving me a great opportunity and I’ll take it.”

“On the academic side of my decision which was more important, the strong business department JMSB attracted me a lot. I believe that it is the strongest English Business School in Quebec.”

“They had my program, they had the type football I wanted and the coaching staff I was looking for so it pretty much was a no brainer since the beginning.”


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