Nigerian striker Orji Okwonkwo joins Montreal Impact for 2019 season

MONTREAL — The Montreal Impact have acquired Nigerian striker Orji Okwonkwo on loan from Italian club Bologna FC 1909 for the 2019 season.

The 21-year-old has played the last three seasons in Italy, scoring three goals in 27 Serie A games. He joined the Italian club in 2016 after going through the academy of Nigerian club FC Abuja.

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At the international level, Okwonkwo won the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2015 in Chile with the Nigeria U17 team, appearing in five games throughout the tournament. He scored a goal in a 4-2 win against Mexico in the semifinals.

"I'm satisfied in welcoming another striker to the team," Impact head coach Remi Garde said in a statement. "Orji Okwonkwo is a young player scouted by Bologna three years ago who will help reinforce the team offensively. He's a strong and quick forward who has an interesting margin of progression."

The Impact resume pre-season play on Saturday against Philadelphia in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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