On Wednesday afternoon, FC Cincinnati announced that former Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC centerback Pa-Modou Kah joined the club’s technical staff. The former Norway international joins FCC after a spell as a first-team assistant and U-18 head coach at Whitecaps FC and will become a member of the scouting staff under technical director Luke Sassano.
“We are delighted to add someone with Pa’s playing and coaching experience to our technical staff as we continue to build out our scouting network,” said Sassano. “With a well-respected career in both MLS and Europe, Pa offers a unique perspective on the qualities and characteristics needed for players to succeed in the North American market.”
Kah will bring a wealth of experience to the club, having featured for Norway 10 times, along with more than 400 professional appearances with stops in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Pa is no stranger to head coach Alan Koch, as he fulfilled a player-coach role for Whitecaps FC 2 in 2016.
“We are excited to add Pa to our club,” Koch said. “From my time working with him as a player and a coach in Vancouver, I have seen first-hand his eye for talent and his ability to build relationships with those around him. I am incredibly excited to add someone with his technical ability and knowledge of MLS to our group.”
Born in Gambia, Kah migrated to Norway at the age of 8. The former centerback also speaks eight languages: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish and Wolof.
“I want to thank Jeff Berding, Luke and Alan for believing in me and giving me the chance to be part of this great organization,” Kah said. “I’m looking forward to star in my role and help the club progress to new heights.”
Kah left an impression on his former club, where he made 33 appearances and began his coaching career.
“Pa has been a key member of our club for more than three years and contributed to our success both on and off the pitch,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “We are thankful to Pa for all his hard work and wish him and his family all the very best with FC Cincinnati.”
The club’s press release did not specify which exact role on the scouting staff that Kah will fulfill, but his diversity of experience could help play a huge part in the development of domestic/foreign scouting of players. Kah could also draw on his time working with youth at WFC to help Sassano form the basis of the FCC academy.
Pa is a big name in MLS circles with Andrew Wiebe of MLS Extra Time Radio offering a positive opinion on the hire.
Good move, no doubt.
— Andrew Wiebe (@andrew_wiebe) August 8, 2018
I would be remiss if I did not also mention that Kah was one of nine African-American assistant coaches in MLS for the 2018 season. This hire also signifies the inclusive club culture present in the front office, the team and the fan base. This move seems to be another quality hire for Berding and co.