New FC Tulsa arrival Kembo Kibato recorded one goal and two assists for Rio Grande Valley FC during the 2020 USL Championship season, his first in the professional ranks. | Photo courtesy Christian Inoferio / Rio Grande Valley FC
TULSA, Okla. – FC Tulsa announced on Friday it had acquired midfielder Kembo Kibato on loan for the 2021 USL Championship season from Rio Grande Valley FC, pending league and federation approval. Kibato arrived in Tulsa on Thursday and will be integrated into preseason camp immediately.
“We are very happy to welcome Kembo to FC Tulsa for the 2021 season,” said Tulsa Head Coach Michael Nsien. “Kembo is a player that I have seen demonstrate very high-level performances in the USL Championship. He is an attacking midfield player with a huge engine, and his ability to cover ground effectively will add to our strong midfield core. On top of his playing ability, he is known to be a great person and teammate.”
A 20-year-old native of Toronto, Canada, Kibato is a product of the Toronto FC Academy, but made his professional debut in 2020 with RGVFV in the Championship. Kibato made 12 appearances for the Toros including nine starts. He scored his first professional goal against Austin Bold FC last season and added two assists in a 4-2 win over OKC Energy FC in Rio Grande Valley’s season finale.
“I’m excited to be in Tulsa and play for this club,” said Kibato. “I look forward to the season!”