Acquisition of Chinonceau Ofur | For the future, says Nancy.

If the name Chinonso Offor means nothing to you, do not doubt your knowledge of football.

Updated yesterday at 6:06 PM.

Jean Francois Teutonio

Jean Francois Teutonio

Matthew Schoener and Rudy Camacho were active on Friday, commenting on the new acquisition of CF Montreal; “I don’t know him,” they in turn replied to the Nutrilite Center.

Of course we have fun. Let’s classify this exchange under the topic of depth.

The club announced, on Friday, the acquisition of the Nigerian striker from the Chicago Fire. In return, Montreal will send $325,000 in general allotment money in 2023. Chicago will also receive an additional $275,000 contingent on the player’s performance.

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

“This is an opportunity that arose just before the end of the transfer period,” said Olivier Renard, the club’s sporting director and vice-president, in a press release.

“I’ve already known him from his time in Europe, and the situation in Chicago has allowed us to have him now for the future,” he adds. He’s a big, strong young player so it’s a great profile for MLS and a long-term project for us. The fire invested more money in it and it was a very interesting opportunity for us. »

“That’s what the club decided.”

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

Wilfried called up Nancy for comment on the deal, and spoke of a “young player with potential”.

“The idea is to find solutions to help the team perform well in the future. That is what the club decides.”

This last note is interesting from the technical director. 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 doing well, we hope so […] Take advantage of that time. But the truth is that we simply cannot. »

With the acquisition of Chinonso Offor, Montreal has now filled 30 top positions on its roster, the maximum allowed by the league. Olivier Renard also has to contend with salary limitations at MLS, and he doesn’t have much room to maneuver under the salary cap.

“I won’t be looking for noon at two. We couldn’t stand it,” adds Nancy, speaking of the potential boosters for this year.

Moreover, Offor arrives in the context of the internal competition for the position of the striker. We already have Rommel Koyoto, Mason Toei, Kei Kamara, Sanusi Ibrahim, Jogja Koizera and Bjorn Johnson.

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

Ibrahim has not been on the field since late May and is unharmed. His last match? Hattrick against Hamilton Forge in the Canadian Championship.

“Senussi was interesting against Forge, and after that he stayed with us, confirms Nancy. But there are things he needs to work on. He’s late on some things.”

So we can estimate that Chinonso Offor would settle around Ibrahim and Quizaira in this hierarchy.

Eyes on Miami

Like Wednesday’s game against The Crew in Columbus, Montreal will once again face a rival in search of qualifying for the playoffs on Saturday. Gonzalo Higuain and Inter Miami, led by Alejandro Pozuelo, will be in town.

“We’re ready for it,” Nancy says.

“It’s a completely different team with young players who run a lot. […] 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-Gillard, who injured his ankle in the first half on Wednesday. “It’s not a very serious thing,” the coach confirms.

“Give something on the ground”

Media and training were provided in the afternoon rather than the usual Friday morning. Several club members attended Jason de Tullio’s funeral in the morning.

Including Wilfried Nancy.

He commented: “It wasn’t easy to see, even if we were always preparing for it, move again. He’s fine where he is now. That’s the most important.”

Mathieu Schoener, the coach who worked with him for several years, remembered his development.

“He did everything with passion, desire and love,” said the midfielder. I remember some of the sessions, when I was younger in the academy, we saw old people training before us. You can see that he gave something on the pitch as a coach. He moved all the players in his training. »

Pospisil meets CF Montreal

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

“Football is my favorite sport,” Pospisil said. Journalism, after discussing it with Samuel Peet in particular. She played football and tennis until she was 12 years old. But tennis was my job, even when I was young. »

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

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

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