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Niba Macdonald Named League1 Ontario Best Defender 

By Basil K Mbuye

North Toronto Nitros’ skipper, Niba Macdonald

North Toronto Nitros’ skipper, Niba Macdonald

The Cameroonian-born centre-half, who played a pivotal part in North Toronto Soccer Club’s performance in the 20016-football season, was voted in the league’s best XI in his first year.
North Toronto Soccer Club’s skipper, Niba Macdonald is the main defender in the league’s best XI system of 3-4-3.

The 22-year-old centre-half is coming off the back of successful football season after leading his side to appear among the top five in the League1 Ontario. Also, as captain, he did not only lead his side to victory but scored some vital goal to see that hi side win games.

Niba, a former player with the University of Buea and Cinyodev FC Buea was once named the best player in the University of Buea during the 2013-2014 season.

Speaking to Lions4life.com on phone, Niba expressed his joy and also prays that this will open new doors for him in other major leagues in and out of Canada.

“Giving the fact that it’s my fist year playing this league, I’m very much satisfied with the outcome of my performance and that of my team, North Toronto Soccer Club. This is because it is our first-year partaking in this league.

Being part of the XI is an awesome achievement because it’s going to serve as a perfect opportunity for MLS, USL scouts to give me a chance in their more competitive leagues”, Niba said hopefully.
Niba can play as a left fullback, centre-back and also as a defensive midfielder.

He is a modern defender with considerable technique and vision, solid defensively, quick and with excellent recuperation skills.He is also known for his leadership and effectiveness to read the game.

The first team, laid out in a 3-4-3 formation, features 2016 Golden Boot winner Elvir Gigolaj (FC London) as well as Jarek Whiteman (Vaughan Azzurri) and Leaford Allen (Sigma FC).

The midfield four features Randy Ribeiro (FC London), Kashiff De Jonge (Durham United FA), Joey Melo (North Mississauga Panthers) and League1 men’s final MVP, Joseph Di Chiara (Vaughan Azzurri).

The defensive line finds Niba Macdonald (North Toronto Soccer Club) matched up with Cameron Brooks (Woodbridge Strikers) and Bruce Cullen (Durham United FA) in front of keeper Matt George (Woodbridge Strikers).

League1 Ontario was founded on November 15, 2013 in an announcement by the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) that it would pilot the semi-professional league in 2014 and 2015 as a key pillar of long-term player development in Canada.