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Impact - Kizza To Arrive Sooner Rather Than Later?

Acquisition of foreign player spot makes it look likely...

New foreign player roster spot hints at an earlier arrival than originally anticipated for Mustafa Kizza in Montreal...

Ugandan international left-back Mustafa Kizza (20), signed from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in the summer may be on his way to the Impact sooner than originally anticipated.

Upon signing, he was immediately loaned back to his Ugandan club and it was thought he would not arrive in Montreal until the New Year. There was however a clause in the legalities stating Montreal could have him sooner if required and should pandemic travel restrictions permit.

Yesterday’s development with the Montreal Impact acquiring a foreign player spot from DC United by ceding GAM amounts of $75,000 (2020) and $150,000 (2021) seems to lean towards such a development.

Kizza’s Ugandan team KCCA haven’t played a league match since the beginning of March. There was five rounds of the Ugandan Premier League left when lockdown intervened. KCA sat second, 4 points behind Vipers FC.

Kizza went for trails in Switzerland and immediately upon his return joined up with the Cranes’ African Nations Championship squad preparing for the finals tournament in Cameroon.

The finals originally scheduled for April 2020, were put back to January/February 2021 due to Covid, which means Kizza, after helping his country qualify is set to miss out. The African Nations Championship is only for players playing in African domestic leagues.

Should the foreign player spot not be earmarked for the Ugandan’s earlier arrival, then we must remember that MLS’ transfer window is currently open and will remain so until October 29, leaving plenty of time and scope for other developments.

Kizza (left) seen in action for KCCA against former club Maroons FC during the unfinished 2019/20 season.