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Thunder Bay Chill Land Ottleti Defender MacDonald Niba

By on April 10, 2024 0 1383 Views

Cameroonian left-back MacDonald Niba will be staying in Canada after signing on with the Thunder Bay Chill.

The USL2 side will mark the 29-year-old’s third Canadian club, with the big defender spending the last two seasons with Atletico Ottawa while having played in League1 Ontario earlier on in his career.

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Niba tallied thirty appearances for Ottawa over the last two seasons, though 2023 saw him only called upon twelve times. He was one of the first announced departures after the CPL team finished outside of playoffs last year.

With the defender carrying Hungarian and Finnish silverware in his resume, however, he’s quite a strong pickup for the Thunder Bay Chill, who finished top of the USL2 Deep North Division last season.

He isn’t the only Canadian Premier League export to land there either, with Felix N’sa signing on last month.

Atletico Ottawa Niba

Niba’s career started in his native Cameroon, where he played for Cinyodev FC whilst completing his university education. He then moved to Toronto, where his first season in League1 Ontario for the North Toronto Nitros saw the defender score seven goals in 18 matches before an All-Star nod and Defender of the Year honours.

He then made the move to Slovakian second division side FC Nitra, where a hot start saw him earn numerous man of the match awards and saw papers describe him as a national team contender. The defender finished the season with two goals after eight appearances, having helped FC Nitra pave way to the top flight.

Atletico Ottawa Macdonald Ngwa Niba

The former Ottleti man then moved to Hungarian side Budapest Honved, making sixteen appearances which included two in the Europa League qualifiers and a Hungarian Cup win to boot.

Niba then moved to the Greek second tier with Doxa Drama and Finnish top flight with KuPS, where he won a Finnish Cup trophy before landing with Atletico Ottawa.

The Thunder Bay Chill are looking to good the good times rolling after reaching their conference semi-finals last year.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

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