Liga MX: Pachuca Sign Former MLS Star Kekuta Manneh
This Tuesday, Pachuca made the signing of Gambian forward Kekuta Manneh official in what seems like a very odd signing. Very Few African-born players have graced the Liga MX in the past but there have been more coming in recently like Clifford Aboagye and Patrick Soko of Atlas. It is also quite rare for an MLS player to shift to the Liga MX like the cases of Pachuca’s-own Omar Gonzalez or Queretaro’s Camilo Sanvezzo, who played with Manneh at the Vancouver Whitecaps.
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The African forward played in the MLS from 2013-2017 with the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Columbus Crew. He managed to score 28 goals in 120 appearances in the United States’ top-tier league in that span. The 22-year-old stands in at 5-foot-9 and is characterized by his immense pace and that could help him become a successful player for Pachuca, who were lacking a player like Manneh before his arrival. But it has been seen in the past that being quick does not always guarantee success in the Liga MX, like the case of several South American wingers that have failed in the past. The move is certainly intriguing and it will be interesting to see how Manneh handles the tough transition from the MLS to a more competitive league, the Liga MX.