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Cavalry FC Announces First International Signing

January 16, 2019 - Canadian Premier League (CPL) - Cavalry FC News Release

Calgary, AB - Cavalry FC is pleased to announce Brazilian professional footballer, Oliver Minatel as its first international signing for the Canadian Premier League's inaugural season.

Minatel, originally from Campinas, Brazil, and currently training in San Paulo, is no stranger to Canada having previously played for the Ottawa Fury in 2014.

"We wanted to bring Oliver to the Cavalry as he is a fantastic professional with great personality and the type of pedigree we were looking for in our first international import that could add instant value to our team." said Tommy Wheeldon Jr., Head Coach & General Manager, Cavalry FC. "Oliver has had a fantastic football education in Brazil before going to the Netherlands with PSV and then onto Portugal. He has also played in Canada and across North America so understands the landscape very well, which will make him adapt and make an impact very quickly."

Cavalry FC Assistant Coach Martin Nash worked with Minatel during shared time with Ottawa Fury. Nash states; "Oliver is an intelligent footballer that is very good technically and dangerous in and around the opponents penalty area. He was the leading scorer for Ottawa in the 2014 season we worked together".

"I'm very excited with the opportunity to join the Cavalry FC in its inaugural season and to contribute with the club on and off the pitch." Expressed Minatel "It's an honour to be back to Canada in such an important time for soccer in the country."

Minatel is expected to arrive in Calgary February 2019 to begin training pending the expected approval of appropriate visas/work permits.

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