Pa-Modou Kah

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Pa Modou Kah
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Personal information
Full name Pa Modou Kah
Date of birth (1980-07-30) 30 July 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Banjul, The Gambia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC ( 1st Team & U18)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2003 Vålerenga 94 (9)
2003–2004 AIK 29 (3)
2004–2011 Roda JC 189 (12)
2011–2013 Al Khor 12 (1)
2012 Qatar SC (loan) 7 (0)
2013 Al-Wehda 10 (0)
2013–2014 Portland Timbers 40 (1)
2015–2016 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 30 (3)
2016–2017 Whitecaps FC 2 3 (0)
National team
2001–2008 Norway 10 (1)
Teams managed
2016–2017 Whitecaps FC 2 (assistant)
2017– Vancouver Whitecaps FC (staff)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Pa Modou Kah (born 30 July 1980) is a Norwegian international football coach and former footballer. He is currently working at Vancouver Whitecaps FC as a first team and U18 coach.


Born in Banjul, The Gambia, Kah and his family emigrated to Norway in 1988, when he was eight years old. He began his football career with Vålerenga in 1998. With Vålerenga Kah appeared in 94 league matches and scored 9 goals. Kah won promotion with in 2001. The 2002 season he won the cup and was chosen young player of the season and the player's player of the year.In the summer of 2003, he moved to Swedish club AIK as a part of the club's efforts for winning the championship. Kah was appreciated for his fighting spirit and ability to win the ball. Although his natural position was as a central midfielder, he had to play in various positions; he played several games at right-back. After the club was relegated the following season, Kah transferred to Dutch club Roda JC, making nearly 200 league appearances. In the Netherlands Kah mainly played as central defender.

In 2011, after seven years in the Netherlands, Kah moved to Qatari club Al Khor. After a brief period in Saudi Arabia with Al-Wehda, Kah moved to the United States on 3 May 2013 when he signed with Major League Soccer club Portland Timbers.[1] On 8 December 2014, the Portland Timbers declined contract options on Kah.[2] He was unsigned in the waivers draft and later claimed by Vancouver Whitecaps FC on 21 January 2015.[3]

In August 2016, he agreed to mutually terminate his contract with Vancouver Whitecaps' first team in favour of joining their USL team as a player-coach.[4] On 21 February 2017 Kah announced his retirement and it was also confirmed, that he would continue working at the club as a Whitecaps FC staff coach.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, he was involved in a car accident in Peer, Belgium. He was accompanied by his girlfriend, his cousin, and a friend. His car was rear-ended while stopped at a routine road check, immediately killing his girlfriend but only inflicting minor injuries to Kah. In Roda JC's next match, Bjorn Kuipers held a minute of silence to commemorate the death of Kah's girlfriend. During the game, Arouna Koné took his shirt off to reveal a shirt which had the inscription "For Kah". Arouna was yellow carded by the referee, which was condemned by the commentators. Kuipers said afterwards that he had not seen the text on Kone's shirt.[6]

Kah speaks seven languages, including English, Norwegian, and some Spanish.[7]

Kah possesses a US green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[8]

Kah is the nephew of Djimon Hounsou.[9]


  1. ^ "Timbers acquire defender Pa Modou Kah". Portland Timbers. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Portland Timbers exercise options on seven players". Portland Timbers. 
  3. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps sign former Portland Timbers center back Pa Modou Kah". 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Pa-Modou Kah announces his retirement‚, 21 February 2017
  6. ^ " / Columns / Over Van Swieten, Kah en Kuipers / FOK!frontpage". FOK!. 
  7. ^ Weber, Marc (26 January 2015). "Whitecaps' new players appear to have the right stuff". Postmedia Network Inc. The Province. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Vancouver Whitecaps FC (21 January 2015). "Whitecaps FC sign centre back Pa-Modou Kah". Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "10 questions with Pa-Modou Kah". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 

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