Fort Lauderdale Strikers Find Oka Nikolov’s Replacement

contofalsky_512x800The Fort Lauderdale Striker have found Oka Nikolov’s replacement.

Kamil Čontofalský has agreed on a deal that will have the 36-year old between the posts for at least the Fall Championship Season.

Čontofalský started his career in native Slovakia in 1995 with AS Trenčín and later MFK Košice before moving to the Czech Republic in 1999 to join Prague-based side Bohemians 1905. He spent four seasons with the club and earned his first cap for the Slovakia national football team in 2002. Čontofalský went on to make a total of 34 appearances for his country over the next seven years.

In 2003 he joined Russian powerhouse Zenit Saint Petersburg. Largely a backup to Russian international Vyacheslav Malafeev, Čontofalský was a member of the side that won several titles including the Russian Premier League (2007), Russian Super Cup (2008), UEFA Europa League (2007-08) and the UEFA Super Cup (2008).

After leaving Zenit in 2009, Čontofalský had brief stints in Cyprus and Greece with AEL Limassol and Larissa. He returned to the Czech Republic in 2011 to become the starting goalkeeper for Slavia Prague, where he remained until the 2013-14 season.

The former Slovakia National Team goalkeeper played in the 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rowdies on July 4th, and the Strikers are confident he’s the man to replace Nikolov.

“Kamil brings a ton of experience to the team and will be a huge help in the Fall Season,” said Strikers Head Coach Günter Kronsteiner. “He is very good in controlling the box and will be extremely helpful in organizing the back.”

The Strikers host Minnesota United FC in the opening match of the 2014 Fall season this Saturday, June 12, at Lockhart at 7:30pm ET.

 

Pedro Heizer

The founder, editor and publisher of 90 Minutes Stong, Pedro is credentialed member of U.S. Soccer, Orlando City Soccer Club, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and others, as well as a member of the North American Soccer Reporters.

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