Alhassane Keita

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Alhassane Keita
Personal information
Full name Alhassane Keita Otchico
Date of birth (1983-06-26) 26 June 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Conakry, Guinea
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1999–2000 Horoya AC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Olympique Khouribga 15 (7)
2001–2006 Zürich 131 (58)
2006–2008 Ittihad 40 (19)
2008–2011 Mallorca 47 (8)
2010–2011 Valladolid (loan) 6 (0)
2011 Al-Shabab 6 (5)
2011–2012 Emirates Club 6 (2)
2012–2013 Dubai Club 10 (1)
2013–2014 St. Gallen 20 (4)
2015–2016 Jacksonville Armada 43 (13)
National team
2000–2009 Guinea 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 January 2017.

Alhassane Keita Otchico (born 26 June 1983 in Conakry), known as Keita, is a Guinean footballer who last played for American club Jacksonville Armada FC as a striker.

Club career[edit]

After beginning professionally in Morocco with Olympique Khouribga, Keita moved in 2001 to Switzerland, with FC Zürich. During his five-season stay he scored goals at an extraordinary rate, including 20 in 2005–06 as the club emerged champions and the player was crowned league top scorer.

Keita started the 2006–07 campaign still in Zürich, netting four in as many games, but signed with Saudi Arabian side Ittihad FC, in Jeddah. In late June 2008 he joined Spain's RCD Mallorca on a five-year link,[1] being irregularly used in his first year – he did manage, however, to score twice as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 La Liga home win over Real Valladolid.[2]

In July 2009, Keita was initially banned for four months after it was found out he signed with Umm-Salal Sports Club in Qatar after he had already committed to Mallorca.[3] As the appeals begun,[4] though, he was able to start the new season with the team,[5] appearing in several matches from the bench; in late January 2010, the situation was resolved favorably to the Spaniards.

Keita was loaned to Valladolid in the second division, initially in a season-long move.[6] However, in late January 2011, he cancelled his loan agreement,[7] terminated his contract with Mallorca and joined Al-Shabab Riyadh from Saudi Arabia until 2013.[8]

In August 2011, Keita left Saudi Arabia for Emirates Club in the UAE Arabian Gulf League, following a short spell.[9] The same month in the following year, he moved to Dubai CSC.

In early January 2015, Keita moved clubs and countries again, signing with Jacksonville Armada FC.[10]

On January 25, 2017, Jacksonville Armada FC announced that they had parted ways with Keita. He left the team as their all-time leading scorer.[11]

International career[edit]

Keita was part of the Guinean squad at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations as they reached the competition's quarter-finals, with an exit against Mali. He did not play in the tournament, however.

Club statistics[edit]

As of 30 May 2009[12]
Season club championship
2000–01 Olympique Khouribga 15 games/7 goals
2001–02 Zürich 8/2
2002–03 Zürich 29/17
2003–04 Zürich 28/4
2004–05 Zürich 30/11
2005–06 Zürich 32/20
2006–07 Zürich 4/4
2006–07 Ittihad 22/12
2007–08 Ittihad 18/7
2008–09 Mallorca 24/5


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