So long KhalfanNovember 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2011 | 14 Comments
It’s a shame to see Nizar Khalfan go. It was nice to see the guys we saw in USL-1 at Swangard transition to the Whitecaps Major League Soccer squad. Nizar provided some great moments in the 2011 season, noticeably his two assists in the Whitecaps stunning comeback at home against Kansas City early on in the season. He provided 4 assists and one goal in all this year, which is not bad considering he was on the outs with Tommy Soehn, who refused to play him until the end of the season. Nizar proved what he could do at that time when he scored against Real Salt Lake. He never really established himself as a starter, in part because of his trips back to Africa to play for his native Tanzania. He was great coming in off of the bench with his speed and strength, which is how our first coach Teitur Thordarson liked to use him. I suppose he had to leave to make room for incoming coach Martin Rennie’s own favourite players from the team he used to coach, the Carolina Railhawks.
I managed to meet Khalfan once by chance and found him to be very humble, polite and kind. Frankly, I think the Whitecaps should have kept him, and my feeling is the loss of the Vancouver Whitecaps is the Philadelphia Union’s gain. I hope he catches on over there and establishes himself as a Major League Soccer player.
It was great to have you on the team Nizar, and all the best in the future.