Acquisition of Chinonso Offor | “For the future”, says Nancy

If the name Chinonso Offor means nothing to you, don’t question your soccer knowledge.

Updated yesterday at 6:06 p.m.

Jean-Francois Teotonio

Jean-Francois Teotonio
The Press

Mathieu Choinière and Rudy Camacho were ecstatic on Friday, commenting on the new acquisition of CF Montreal; “I don’t know him”, they replied in turn to the Center Nutrilait.

We have fun, of course. Let’s classify this exchange under the topic of depth.

The club announced on Friday that it had obtained the Nigerian striker from the Chicago Fire. In exchange, Montreal is sending $325,000 in general allocation money in 2023. Chicago will also receive an additional $275,000 conditional on the player’s performance.

Offor is 22 years old. He is under contract until 2023, with an option for 2024. In three seasons in the Fire organization, the striker has played 41 games, including 14 starts. He scored two goals plus two assists.

“This is an opportunity that arose just before the end of the transfer window”, which closed last Wednesday, recognizes the sporting director and vice-president of the club, Olivier Renard, in a press release.

“I already knew him from his time in Europe and the situation in Chicago allowed us to acquire him now for the future,” he adds. He is a young player who is big and powerful, so an excellent profile for MLS and a long-term project for us. The Fire had invested more money in him and the opportunity was very interesting for us. »

“This is what the club decides to do”

” Future. ” ” Long term. You see the picture.

Called to comment on the transaction, Wilfried Nancy spoke of a “young player with potential”.

“The idea is to find solutions to help the team perform well in the future. This is what the club decides to do. »

This last remark is interesting from the head coach. A man in his position, looking for immediate results, does not necessarily have the luxury of waiting several years to see a player hatch. Given the club’s current position, would he have preferred his sporting director to help him win now?

“Everyone knows that when we are in a good dynamic and it works well, we hope […] take advantage of that time. But the reality is that we simply couldn’t. »

With the acquisition of Chinonso Offor, Montreal has now filled 30 senior positions on its roster, the maximum allowed by the league. Olivier Renard must also deal with the salary constraints of the MLS, and does not have much room for maneuver under the salary cap.

“I’m not going to look for noon at two o’clock. We couldn’t afford to do it, ”adds Nancy, speaking of potential reinforcements for this year.

Moreover, Offor arrives in a context of internal competition for the position of attacker. We already have Romell Quioto, Mason Toye, Kei Kamara, Sunusi Ibrahim, Jojea Kwizera and Bjørn Johnsen.

Jojea Kwizera, drafted in January, is also a project for the future. Bjørn Johnsen, acquired at great expense, did not achieve the expected performance last year, and has not yet played this season, injured.

Ibrahim has not been on the pitch since late May and is uninjured. His last game? His hat-trick against the Hamilton Forge in the Canadian Championship.

“Sunusi had been interesting against the Forge, and after that he stayed with us, underlines Nancy. But there are things he needs to work on. He is behind on some things. »

We can therefore estimate that Chinonso Offor would settle around Ibrahim and Kwizera in this hierarchy.

Eyes on Miami

Like Wednesday’s game against the Crew in Columbus, Montreal will again face a competitor in search of qualification for the playoffs this Saturday. Gonzalo Higuaín and Alejandro Pozuelo’s Inter Miami will be in town.

“We’re ready for that,” says Nancy.

“It’s a totally different team with young players who run a lot more. […] She did a lot of recruiting this year. They can play in different ways. »

Nancy will have to deal with the absence of Zachary Brault-Guillard, who injured his ankle in the first half on Wednesday. “It’s not something too serious,” assures the head coach.

“He gave off something on the ground”

Media availabilities and training took place in the afternoon instead of the usual Friday morning. Several members of the club attended the funeral of Jason Di Tullio in the morning.

Including Wilfried Nancy.

“It was not easy to see, even if we are always preparing for that, he commented, once again moved. He is fine where he is now. It is the most important. »

Mathieu Choinière remembered the coach he worked with for several years of his development.

“He did everything with passion, with desire and love,” said the midfielder. I remember certain sessions, when I was younger at the academy, we saw the older ones train before us. You could see that he gave off something on the pitch as a coach. He animated all the players in his training. »

Pospisil meets CF Montreal

There was a nice visit to the main field of the Center Nutrilait on Friday afternoon. Canadian tennis player Vasek Pospisil and Finnish Harri Heliövarra met some CF Montreal players. The club also offered them jerseys in their name.

“Soccer is my favorite sport,” Pospisil told The Press, after having discussed with Samuel Piette, in particular. I played both soccer and tennis until I was 12. But tennis was my job, even when I was young. »

Pospisil comes from British Columbia. But he never really followed the activities of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

“I’m in the market!” he jokes. Currently, I have a better relationship with the players here than with the Whitecaps. I will cheer them on tomorrow. »

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