A week after goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski made the move to Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Canadian contingent in the Ligat Ha’al doubled on Tuesday as striker Daniel Haber signed his first professional deal with Israeli rivals Maccabi Haifa.
Haber recently finished a standout career at Cornell University, where he was a First Team All-American in his senior year and led the Big Red to their first Ivy League title since 1995 and first NCAA Tournament berth since 1996. They finished ranked No. 20 in the country and Haber had 18 goals and 43 points in his final collegiate year.
Haber had been training with the club since late last year and he officially signed his contract on Tuesday. He joins a club that currently sits in third place.
As Cyprus’ 1. Division gets back to action after a month off, Issey Nakajima-Farran also finds himself with a new club. The midfielder has now been loaned to Alki from AEK Larnaca, whom he joined in the offseason. He saw his first action for his new club on Sunday as a second half substitute in Alki’s 1-1 tie with APOEL.
Mike Klukowski started and played 69 minutes for APOEL, who are in second place in the league. Alki, meanwhile, are currently 11th in the 14-team league.
Canadians in England remain busy early into 2013. With Norwich resting many starters in their FA Cup third-round game against Championship side Peterborough United this past Saturday, Simeon Jackson (pictured at top) got a rare 90 minutes and also scored his second goal in all competitions as Norwich picked up an easy 3-0 win. They host Luton Town in the fourth round later this month.
Meanwhile, David Edgar and Burnley saw their FA Cup run come to a premature end. Edgar came at halftime this past Saturday with his team down a man after a red card against fellow Championship side Barnsley. Burnley couldn’t hold on for a replay, and are out of the tournament with a 1-0 loss.
Down in League One, Iain Hume and Doncaster Rovers moved back into a first place tie with Tranmere Rovers after they beat Colchester United 1-0 on Saturday. Doncaster are level on points with Tranmere at 50 with Rovers holding a slightly better goal difference.
Also in League One last Saturday, forward Marcus Haber was the hero as he helped Stevenage snap a three-game losing streak. Haber scored the winner in the 60th minute in his club’s 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra. It was Haber’s fourth goal in league play this season and moved Stevenage to ninth place with 40 points – just two points back of the final promotion playoff positions currently being held by MK Dons.