Ugandan defender Mustafa Kizza has sent a message of thanks to now his former coach Thierry Henry after the Frenchman announced he would leave the Canadian club.
The Arsenal, Barcelona and France legend announced on Monday that he would be leaving the Major League Soccer club for family reasons.
With Montreal Impact forced to relocate to the United States ahead of the 2020/21 MLS season and the travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Henry said he was unwilling to leave his family behind in Canada.
One of Henry’s final acts as Impact manager in his 15 months stay at the club was to sanction a move to bring Kizza to the MLS from KCCA in July 2020.
Following Henry’s declaration, Kizza took to his social media pages where he emotionally bid farewell to thank the 1998 World Cup winner for the faith and the opportunity he granted him.
“I wish you all the best coach, thanks for the opportunity you gave me,” Kizza commented on Henry’s departure via WhatsApp.
The former KCCA defender recently returned to Montreal and was part of Henry’s fin training sessions last week before the latter announced his departure.
Kizza featured in only three games under Henry, making his debut in a 3-2 victory over DC United coming on as a late substitute for Amar Sedjic with 20 minutes to play.
Kizza immediately made an impact as he was heavily involved in the winner that eventually sealed Montreal’s progress to the MLS Cup playoffs.
His cross-field pass to the left flank found Mason Toye who picked out Romell Quioto to score the winner in the 88th minute.
Henry took charge of Montreal in November 2019 and led the club to the MLS playoffs for the first time in four years with a record of eight wins, 13 losses and two draws in the regular season.
Kizza and Henry also reached the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League where they were eliminated by Honduras’ Olimpia.