Pa-Modou Kah retires, joins Whitecaps coaching staff

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The 36-year-old transitions into an exclusive coaching role after a nearly 20-year playing career.

Defender Pa-Modou Kah announced his retirement on Tuesday, although he will remain with the Vancouver Whitecaps as a coach.

The 36-year-old Gambian-born former Norway international had been serving as a player-coach with Vancouver's USL team Whitecaps FC 2 since August, after playing for the first team for a season and a half. In all, Kah played on three continents and with several different clubs in a playing career that began in 1998.

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"It’s been an amazing 20 years and although it saddens me to be hanging up the boots for good, I feel incredibly grateful to be given the chance to start coaching for Whitecaps FC and continue my journey here in Vancouver," Kah said in a statement posted on the club's official website. "Thank you Whitecaps FC, for believing in me and giving me this tremendous opportunity."

Kah moved to MLS after an extensive career that featured stints with Valerenga, AIK and Roda JC. He joined the Portland Timbers in 2013, where he played two seasons, before moving to the Whitecaps ahead of the 2015 season.


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