Mandjou Keita

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Mandjou Keita
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Personal information
Date of birth (1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Nzérékoré, Guinea
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, Forward
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Perak 75 (50)
2007–2008 Brunei DPMM 21 (11)
2009–2010 Portland Timbers 39 (12)
2009–2010 Salgaocar (loan) 9 (8)
2010-2012 Pune FC 17 (16)
2013 Kelantan 10 (4)
National team
1998-2001 Guinea U23 16 (10)
2001-2011 Guinea 36 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 16, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mandjou Keita (born November 28, 1979 in Nzérékoré, Guinea) is a Guinean-born footballer. He is currently a free agent.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Keita began his professional career in Malaysia with Perak, making his debut on September 12, 2004 against PKNS FC. He impressed Perak FA's fans so much that he was carried off the pitch by two jubilant fans after the match [1] He went on to play a key role in Perak FA's Malaysian FA Cup winning team, which led to his contract being renewed for the 2005 season.

Keita won the Golden Boot award for the 2006 season, scoring 17 goals. He was one of the three nominees for the Favourite Import Player award in the inaugural Malaysian football awards but he did not win.[2]

He was linked with a move away from the club to Indonesian team Persija Jakarta in 2007,[3] but did not let those rumours affect his on-pitch performance, and ended up Perak's top scorer once again for the 2006/2007 season.

Keita was released from his contract at the end of the 2007 season due to "family issues", and after attending trials with French side FC Lorient.[4] signed with Bruneian side Brunei DPMM FC, and played one season for them in the Singaporean S. League.

In January 2009, Keita signed with Portland Timbers in the USL First Division.[5] Keita's preferred playing position is as a striker, but he can also operate in midfield behind the front two.

Following the 2009 USL-1 season, Portland loaned Keita to Salgaocar S.C. of the Indian I-League.[6] Keita returned to Portland in April, 2010.[7]

After returning to the Timbers from loan, Keita failed to find his form in the 2010 season. Keita appeared in 10 league games and scored just one goal. On September 1, Keita was transferred to Indian club Pune.[8]

Pune FC[edit]

On December 3, 2010 Keita started in Pune FC first game of the season, a tie 1-1 against Mohun Bagan. On January 30, 2011 Keita scored his first hat-trick for the club against JCT Mills in the I-League.

Kelantan FA[edit]

After two season with Pune FC, Keita returned to Malaysia joins top Malaysian club, Kelantan FA as the 4th import players for the 2012 AFC Cup competition.[9] However, he was not elegible to play in the AFC Cup cause of problems with regard to his International Transfer Certificates (ITC).

International career[edit]

Keita was a member and captain of the Guinea U-23 national team.

Honors[edit]

Perak[edit]

Portland Timbers[edit]

  • USL First Division Commissioner's Cup (1): 2009

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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