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Vancouver Whitecaps FAQs: So is Nosa a Whitecap or What?

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Welcome to Vancouver Whitecaps FAQs. This is a new series i’m planning to help casual fans keep up with the team. Despite an average attendance of 20,000, outlets that write about the ‘Caps like us, or our friends over at AFTN and FTBL tend to have a core readership of only a few thousand. If you measure by Twitter followers we’re all somewhere between 1000 and 3000 followers. This suggests to me that there’s a lot of causal fans of the ‘Caps out there who aren’t necessarily keeping up with the latest news. Now there’s nothing wrong with being a casual fan, i’m a casual fan of lots of stuff, but one needs only to go to any Whitecaps post on Facebook or Twitter to see that there’s a lot of people who are a bit confused about what’s actually going on. So rather than explain it to each of them individually my plan is to have ready made answers that people can link these fans to, in order to help them out. If you are a casual fan who’s been linked to this article we’d love to have you as a regular reader. We get more clicks and you get to impress your friends with your extensive Whitecaps knowledge; Everybody wins! With that said let’s get into todays FAQ.

I don’t blame people who are confused by Nosa Igiebor’s status with the Vancouver Whitecaps. It’s a very MLS situation with a lot of misinformation making the rounds. So let’s get into it.

Nosa was signed towards the end of the 2017 season with two option years. This means that the player and the club had an agreed amount that they could extend his contract for if they so desired. Nosa played three games and looked pretty good considering he wasn’t really match fit. Bizarrely though, Nosa’s option was declined. Carl Robinson seemed very high on him so it wasn’t an issue of quality, nor were there any incidents or even rumours of incidents so it’s a very confusing move. When Nosa was signed the Whitecaps were only a few months away from having to make a decision on those options so you’d think they’d sign him to options they knew they’d be willing to pick up right? Why they didn’t I have no earthly idea.

If I were a cynical man i’d say the Whitecaps have a pattern of signing players to contracts with absurdly high options they know they would never pick up to try to get players to sign cheaper in the short term (they were never going to pick up David Ousted’s 600k option no matter how well he played for example) and this is just another example but that’s just irresponsible press speculation on my part.

Nevertheless The Whitecaps said they were still in talks with a number of players who’s options were declined. Russel Tiebert for example was re signed on a new deal so the possibility of Nosa’s return remained.

In mid December there was a brief flurry of excitement as Nigerian blog “Score Nigeria” posted the bold headline “Nosa Igiebor released by MLS club Vancouver Whitecaps.” This lead a lot of people on twitter (including us) to assume that Nosa and the club couldn’t come to an agreement. However if you read the article carefully it doesn’t actually contain any new information, it’s just repeating the news that Nosa’s option was declined. Verbatim it says “The former Hapoel Tel Aviv of Israel midfielder joined the Canada-based team in October 2017, but the club declined the option of given[sic] him a new deal.” The headline is likely a result of the writer being confused about the way MLS functions (and frankly I can’t blame them, I cover this league and i’m still often left very confused by it).

The story took a further twist as a twitter user, @fernandezdawodu, put out some tweets that suggested Nosa was still a Whitecap.

This twitter account also featured a picture of the owner, Fernandez Dawodu, alongside Nosa and another man as well as a picture of Nosa’s signing photoshoot with a caption welcoming him to “the 442 management family”. This lead a lot of people to assume that Mr. Dawodu is Nosa’s agent. I reached out to Mr. Dawodu before writing this article and he informed me that he is not involved in representing Nosa, but is friends with Nosa’s agent. Unfortunately for us he told me he couldn’t comment at this time on Nosa’s contract situation with the Whitecaps.

So to answer the question this article is trying to answer: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

We’ll just have to wait and see if Nosa signs a new deal. I’d certainly be interested to see what he can do at full match fitness. If he does move on it will have to go down as one of the weirdest transfer stories of a club and a league that has a lot of weird transfer stories.

Thanks for reading. If you were linked to this article, did it answer your question? What are some other frequently asked questions you’d like to see answered? Let me know in the comments.