Kwizera is finally here | The Journal of Montreal


It was several weeks behind his teammates that Jojea Kwizera finally arrived in Montreal at the beginning of April.

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The team’s first-round pick in the last draft, 15th overall, had immigration issues.


Kwizera is finally here

“I was able to participate in training camp and then I had to wait before coming to Montreal,” he explained, lamenting the troubles he faced.

“I didn’t have a passport, I couldn’t come here. I have my green card and am still waiting for my passport situation to be resolved. At the moment, I can only play local matches.

On the bench

At least he was able to be in uniform for the game against the Vancouver Whicepas two weeks ago.

“Being able to be in uniform for this game was awesome for me.”

Wilfried Nancy is used to taking his time with young people, he did it a little less in the case of Kwizera.

“Usually it takes me longer to get a player like him to play or bench a rookie, but now was the time to do it.

“I don’t care too much if the player is a rookie or a veteran. It all depends on what I want to see on the pitch.”

The head coach likes the attributes of the one who made a good impression during training camp.

“He is very fast in his first running steps. I also like that in a natural way, he makes the transition to defense. I find that interesting.”

Achieve its goal

Kwizera seems to have quickly made friends within the group since Zorhan Bassong, Rida Zouhir and Tomas Giraldo accompanied him during his press briefing to give him a blow job.

The young man of Congolese origin has come a long way since he left a refugee camp in Tanzania with his sister when he was only nine years old. They then ended up in a foster home in the United States and they were separated. Kwizera found hospice in Utah and clung to his dream of playing soccer.

“Even though I went through a refugee camp, I never felt sorry for myself. Everyone has 24 hours a day, I seized an opportunity.

“I saw that I had a talent for soccer, I started to work hard. Just because we’re in a refugee camp doesn’t mean I can’t become a professional soccer player.”



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