Former Sacramento Republic FC Academy product Nabi Kibunguchy has joined the club on loan from Major League Soccer's Minnesota United FC, which selected him in the First Round of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft. | Photo courtesy Minnesota United FC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento Republic FC announced on Thursday the club had acquired defender Nabi Kibunguchy on loan from Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United FC pending league and federation approval.
“Nabi has a special connection to Republic FC as a member of our inaugural academy class, and we’re excited to welcome him home,” said Republic FC President & General Manager Todd Dunivant. “His size and versatility will bolster our backline throughout the season, and we look forward to integrating him into the squad.”
Kibunguchy joined Republic FC’s youth development academy in 2015 after competing at the varsity level for two years at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove. As a member of the Republic FC’s academy, Kibunguchy earned high honors including a U.S. Soccer Development Academy Starting XI for the Western Conference in the inaugural academy season. In 2016, Nabi was selected for the U.S. Under-19 National Team, and won the Slovakia Cup against Russia, 2-1. In 2019, Kibunguchy played for USL League Two Side, San Francisco Glens.
Kibunguchy went on to compete at UC Davis, and in four seasons with the Aggies he made 52 appearances, including starting all 20 games in the 2019 season. He earned All-Big West Conference First Team and Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors in his final season at UC Davis.
This past January, Kibunguchy was selected 18th overall in the MLS SuperDraft by Minnesota. He was an unused substitute in the Loons’ first two matches of the 2021 season.