Kenyan defender to rub shoulders with Lionel Messi after securing MLS move

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STARS ABROAD Kenyan defender to rub shoulders with Lionel Messi after securing MLS move

Imran Otieno 10:23 - 06.09.2023

The 25-year-old has secured a short-term deal with Major Soccer League (MLS) outfit Orlando City.

After an outstanding start to the season with Orlando City B, Kenyan defender Nabi Kibunguchy has earned promotion to the club’s senior side who ply their trade in the Major League Soccer (MLS).

Placed in the MLS Eastern Conference, Orlando City are grouped together with Inter Miami who have in their ranks arguably the best player under the sun, Lionel Messi.

Kibunguchy’s dream of sharing the pitch with the seven time Ballon d'Or winner could come soon as Orlando are penciled to face Inter Miami on Monday 25 September.

Orlando did not however disclose the length of the contract terming it as a “short term deal” after joining the B team back in March this year with his initial contract set to expire in December.

Kibunguchy has appeared in 23 matches, making 22 starts and playing the second-most minutes of the team with 1,944 minutes played for Orlando City B so far this season since joining the club at the beginning of the year.

The defender has scored four goals including a brace in the club’s 2-2 shootout victory over NYCFC II. Kibunguchy has also manned the Lions’ backline helping the club earn three clean sheets in the 2023 campaign.

This comes after Kibunguchy recently joined the ownership group of Scottish Club Caledonian Braves FC and hopes to see the club scale to the top of Scottish football.

"I have played football since age 5 and it has always been part of my life! I am currently a pro footballer here in the USA and came across this opportunity and loved everything about it!

"I hope the club can grow and make it to the top division, and I can't wait to be a part of this club as an investor and a fan," he stated.

The 25-year-old will be hoping to make his debut for the senior side on Sunday 17 September when they take on Columbus Crew.