Vancouver Whitecaps FC have re-signed centre back Pa-Modou Kah to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Kah, 35, brought a veteran presence to the Caps defence this season. He also brought some comic relief.
Here he is scaring people at the airport on Halloween:
— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) October 31, 2015
And here is my favourite moment of the season, after the Whitecaps won the Canadian Championship (he was injured):
Kah played in 25 games for the Caps this year, scoring 3 goals and 2 assists, before getting injured in mid-October. He started 10 of Vancouver’s league-leading 13 clean sheets.
Having played over 400 professional matches in his career, it’s clear that the Whitecaps want to bring him back for more than just his play on the field. “We’re very pleased to bring Pa back,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “The experience and mentorship he provides is of great value to our young group of players. He is a natural leader both on and off the field.”
Fun fact: Kah is originally from Ghana, but grew up in Norway. He speaks eight (!) different languages: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Wolof.
Kah has played three seasons in MLS, one in Vancouver, and two with the Portland Timbers.
He has also played in Qatar with Al Khor from 2011-2013, with a loan to Qatar SC in 2012, followed by a move to Saudi Arabia with Al-Wehda in 2013. He played seven seasons in the Netherlands with Roda JC from 2005-2011, and two years in Sweden with AIK from 2003-2004. He began his pro career in Norway, playing with Vålerenga from 1998-2003.