Canadian Championship | Sunusi Ibrahim pushes CF Montreal into the semifinals

We were expecting the Choinière Bowl. We were treated to the blast from Sunusi Ibrahim.

Updated yesterday at 10:45pm.

Jean Francois Teotonio

Jean Francois Teotonio
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The young Nigerian scored a hat-trick to help CF Montreal beat Forge FC 3-0 at Saputo Stadium on Wednesday night. The meeting took place as part of the quarterfinals of the Canadian championship. The Bleu-et-noir thus reaches the semi-finals of this competition and ultimately qualifies for the Champions League. Now he meets FC Toronto from June 21 to 23 in the Canadian metropolis.

“I think this is just the beginning,” Ibrahim said after the game about his performance. He had an embarrassed smile. “I hope that the goals will continue. »

The outcome of the game on Wednesday, in which the brothers Mathieu and David Choinière also played each other, was not in doubt for long. Wilfried Nancy’s side set the pace for the Canadian Premier League (PLC) club from start to finish.


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Mathieu and David Choiniere

“Everyone played their part,” said the CF Montreal head coach after the game.

And that despite a large fluctuation in the workforce. Djordje Mihailovic, Romell Quioto, Victor Wanyama and Joaquín Torres have yet to step onto the field, most of them not even in the line-up.

“I’m not surprised,” added Nancy. It amplifies the way the guys train. The players push each other. Thanks to that, today we were able to see a team that actually didn’t play together very often. But in training they play together because I like to mix things up. The concepts were there. »

“The Worst Half in History” of Forge

Supremacy in Montreal came about quickly. From the 14thand Minutes later, during a sequence typical of Nancy’s advocated style of play, defenseman Joel Waterman found the gap in the Forge’s first curtain. He sent the ball down the middle to Matko Miljevic. The latter did the same, quickly serving Sunusi Ibrahim up front. Two good passes, then Ibrahim hit the bull’s eye with his right foot in the box.


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The watering cans were accidentally activated during the encounter.

on the 22ndand, Ibrahim did it again. Again after a swift execution by the Bleu-et-noir. The striker received a perfect pass from Kei Kamara after a fine triangle exchange with Miljevic; 2-0 CFM and he wouldn’t look back.

“We played the worst half of football in our history,” Forge FC head coach Bobby Smyrniotis told the media. You cannot start these games and you do not have the necessary energy.

“Everything went well in preparation. We talked about our tactics. But we didn’t execute them in the first half. »

Former Impact David Choinière struggled to explain his team’s disappointment. “I think we had a game plan. We tried to run it. But it didn’t work at all. »

“I knew he was coming”

On the local side, everything went like clockwork. So Ibrahim was already thinking about his hat-trick.

“After I scored the second goal, James Pantemis came to me in the dressing room,” said the 19-year-old forward. He told me to shoot the third. I knew he was coming. »


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Zorhan Bassong and Robert Thorkelsson

In fact, Sunusi crowned his nice evening at work in the 49thand. A free-kick from Matko Miljevic – him again – the striker put through with a lively headshot into the penalty area. Three to zero. Three goals by Sunusi. Three assists from Miljevic.

After several starts last season, Ibrahim didn’t have very many opportunities to prove himself in 2022. He hopes this performance will secure his spot in the squad. But in the meantime, he enjoys the encouragement and advice of his peers. Starting with those of veteran Kei Kamara.

“When Kei arrived I was so happy,” he recalls. I learned a lot. After training he told me to do this and that. […] He gave me motivation and courage. »

After the meeting, Nancy spoke of a “successful game”.

“The collective performance was super interesting from start to finish,” he said. Even the difficult moments were mastered well by the players. »

Choinière versus Choinière

For the record, it was the first time Mathieu and David Choinière have faced each other. When CFM faced Forge in the same competition in 2021, neither was on the starting lineup.

“Actually, I don’t think about my brother when I play,” commented David. I’m trying to find a way to score or find a solution to break Montreal. »

Bobby Smyrniotis spoke of a “beautiful story”.

“I saw her mother before the game. She was excited. There is something special about having two boys born on the same day, two years apart.

“In the end, it’s the father, the mother and the whole family who are the winners. »

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