They’ve been successful on the pitch for years, and they enjoyed another strong season in 2019. Playing in southwestern Ontario, including in Kitchener for league play, ‘Ardi’s Team’ won five consecutive league championships during their impressive run over the years.
Ardion Kozhani is a former member of the team, while his son, Arianit, the owner of A & E Furniture and Lighting, proudly wears the orange jersey. The family has been playing soccer ever since they came to Canada back in 1999 from Kosovo. Another former member of the team is Fidan Bytyqi from Ayr Drywall, who has been a major part of the men’s soccer team.
A & E Furniture and Lighting, meanwhile, is happy to support youth soccer in the community by sponsoring teams and players. But it’s not just on the pitch that the team helps others. This year, they held a charity tournament and raised more than $5,000, which they sent to their homeland to help build a house for a family in need.
Back in Ontario, A & E Furniture and Lighting is looking to get even more involved on the soccer pitch, sponsoring and starting more teams in London. Meanwhile, two years ago, they also got more women involved in the game by creating a mixed team which plays against other co-ed teams in tournaments in the area.
Contributions by Ardion Kozhani