VANCOUVER Whitecaps FC announced today that the club has signed centre back Pa-Modou Kah – pending receipt of his international transfer certificate. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Pa-Modou Kah – Whitecaps FC defender
– Started all 47 of his appearances with Portland Timbers
– Played over 300 matches professionally in North America, Europe, and Asia
– 10 international appearances with Norway
– Speaks eight different languages: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Wolof
“Kah is an athletic centre back with a wealth of experience, both in MLS and abroad,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “Not only does he bring experience, but also great character, and that will be equally important to our team.”
Kah, 34, spent the past two seasons with Portland Timbers, starting all 40 of his MLS appearances, as well as four MLS Cup Playoff matches, two U.S. Open Cup games and one CONCACAF Champions League match.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” said Kah. “I’m looking forward to meeting the team and playing in front of the fantastic fans at BC Place. Vancouver has a great team that is heading in the right direction and I will do everything I can to help. I’d like to thank the coaching staff for this opportunity – I can’t wait to get started.”
Born in Banjul, The Gambia, Kah and his family moved to Norway when he was eight-years-old. The former Norwegian international went on to begin his professional career with Vålerenga in Oslo, scoring nine goals in 94 appearances from 1998 to 2003. He also won a league title with Vålerenga in 2002.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound centre back then left Norway to play with Swedish club AIK from 2003 to 2004, making 29 appearances and scoring three goals.
After parts of two seasons with AIK, Kah transferred to Roda JC in the Netherlands in 2004 and went on to make 189 league appearances and score 12 goals during his time with the club. Prior to coming to MLS, Kah played for Qatari club Al Khor from 2011 to 2013, with a loan to Qatar SC in 2012, followed by a move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Wehda in 2013.
Internationally, Kah has made 10 appearances for Norway, scoring one goal for his country in a 1-0 win over Austria on November 22, 2002.
Pronunciation: paw Moh-doo KAW
Weight: 175 pounds
Date of Birth: July 30, 1980, in Banjul, The Gambia
Hometown: Olso, Norway
Citizenship: Norway / The Gambia
Last Club: Portland Timbers (MLS)
Acquired: Free agent signing on Wednesday, January 21, 2015