BEVERLY HILLS, January 13, (THEWILL) – American Major League Soccer (MLS) club Montreal Impact have obtained the signature of forward Sunusi Ibrahim from Lagos-based Nigerian side 36 Lion FC, the club announced on Tuesday. In acquiring the firepower the player brings, the Impact offered Ibrahim a contract through 2023 with a club option of an extra year.
In the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, the 18-year-old Nasarawa United forward was the joint-leading goalscorer with 10 goals in 22 games and was awarded the Eunisell Boot Award and a cheque of two million naira.
Ibrahim has also been capped for the Nigerian national team at various youth levels, including most recently with the U-23s.
In a club statement on the transfer, Montreal Impact’s Sporting Director, Olivier Renard, said: “The club is very happy to have completed the transfer of this young player, who is already part of his country’s U23 squad despite his young age.
“It’s a great addition to the squad, especially considering several European clubs were very interested in him as well.”
The versatile teenager plays primarily as a center forward but he can also operate via the wings. Renard described the Nigerian as a fast and powerful striker.
Ahead of the contract with Ibrahim, the Impact had acquired the services of American international attacker, Djordje Mihailovic, as well as Canadian international defender, Kamal Miller.
The MLS side is coached by legendary French striker and world cup winner, Thierry Henry. They made the playoffs last year but fell to the New England Revolution in the Play-In Round. They have lofty goals for this year and have made smart choices in the transfer market towards the realisation of those aims. And they are hopeful Ibrahim will be instrumental to that end.