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Wanderers add new dimension to back line with signing of Daniel Kinumbe

The Wanderers are pleased to announce the signing of athletic young Canadian defender Daniel Kinumbe.

The 20-year-old left-back is a former Montreal Impact academy player who made his pro debut with Ottawa Fury.

Kinumbe also rose through the ranks on the national stage, earning selections to Team Canada at the U 20 and U 23 levels.

“I feel good about the club, I saw a few games last season and I really loved the energy of the crowd in Halifax,” Kinumbe said.

‘A different dimension’

Wanderers head coach Stephen Hart describes the full back as a lively defender with energy and potential.

“He’s very dynamic, he’s solid defensively and his main quality is his ability to get forward, he’s a very modern full back,” Hart said. “In the games I’ve seen him play he’s contributed goals and assists which gives a different dimension to us.”

Seeing Kinumbe as an exciting young prospect with a bright future in the Canadian Premier League, Hart is signing him to a multi-year deal.

Born in Israel with parents from Congo, Kinumbe grew up in Sherbrooke, Quebec where his family moved when he was 2.

He emerged as a promising youngster while playing with local club Panellinios, where he caught the eye of Montreal Impact in a showcase.

Kinumbe showing his pace with a break up the wing for Montreal Impact vs Seattle in June 2019. Photo: Montreal Impact.
Kinumbe showing his pace with a break up the wing on his MLS debut for Montreal Impact vs Seattle in June 2019. Photo: Montreal Impact.

He went on to play two seasons for the U 19 group at the Impact academy program before moving to Ottawa Fury where he played three times in the USL.   

Kinumbe returned to the senior team of Montreal Impact where he played one MLS match against Seattle Sounders.

While developing as an academy player, he also represented his country in some significant matches at youth levels.

He was a part of Canada’s U 23 team in the 2018 Toulon tournament where he played all four matches.

And was also named to the Canadian U 20 squad for the 2018 CONCACAF U 20 championship.

“Those were really good experiences for me and I played most of the games,” Kinumbe said.

Kinumbe becomes thirteenth member of 2020 squad

Falling under the age of 21, Kinumbe will be one of the players the Wanderers will help develop and grow as a professional in 2020, but coach Hart expects him to battle hard for a place.

“His energy levels are very good and he works extremely hard, so those are qualities that you want and he can also play further forward if required and that gives us a bit of depth,” Hart said.

The pacey defender is another of the club’s continuing connection to the Montreal Impact Academy where he played alongside defender Chrisnovic N’sa.

Alessandro Riggi and Louis Béland-Goyette are other former Impact players with Omar Kreim and Abou Sissoko having signed from Montreal Carabins.

Kinumbe becomes the thirteenth confirmed member of Stephen Hart’s squad for the 2020 Canadian Premier League season.

Come on you Wanderers!