The offseason transfer window continues to move along with several African players joining new clubs over the past week. Below are several transfers completed over the past week:
Ghanaian forward Kwadwo “Mahala” Opoku completed a move within Major League Soccer that will take him from the United States to Canada after CF Montréal acquired the versatile attacker. Montréal paid $1,750,000 of General Allocation Money (GAM) for the services of Opoku to Los Angeles FC and the 21-year-old who was called up to Ghana’s under-23 national team for the ongoing U-23 Africa Cup of Nations but not released by LAFC. Opoku ends a three-and-a-half year spell with LAFC and figures to be a key player for his new club after producing 13 goals and 9 assists over 75 appearances in Los Angeles.
Another Ghanaian player on the move was 18-year-old starlet Christopher Bonsu Baah who is now a member of Belgian Pro League side KRC Genk after the club spent €5.2 million to acquire Baah from Norwegian club Sarpsborg. Baah was with Sarpsborg for only a little over three months after joining from Ghanaian club Shooting Stars but clearly impressed with 1 goal and 2 assists in 14 appearances during his brief time in Norway.
Senegalese striker Youssouph Badji completed a permanent transfer to Charleroi from fellow Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge after spending a season-and-a-half with the club. The 21-year-old will continue his development with Charleroi after scoring 5 goals in 38 appearances during his time on loan. Badji was a star with the Senegal under-20 team at the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations where he was the tournament’s co-leading scorer with 3 goals, also adding an assist in 5 games during Senegal’s run to the quarterfinals.
There were a few other transfers over the past week involving African players. 23-year-old Angola national team winger Milson completed a move from Russian Premier League club Nizhny Novgorod to Israeli giants Maccabi Tel Aviv. Former Génération Foot graduate Lamine Gueye transferred permanently to French Ligue 2 side Paris FC from FC Metz after the Senegalese winger spent the second half of the 2022-23 season on loan to Paris. Finally, Ivorian midfielder Ousmane Doumbia joined Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire on loan from Swiss Super League side Lugano after a ten-year spell in Swiss football.