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Vancouver Whitecaps Elage Bah

Vancouver FC Adds ‘Ball Of Fire’ Full-Back Elage Bah

By on February 20, 2024 0 894 Views

Promising Vancouver Whitecaps 2 prospect Elage Bah has been snapped up by Vancouver FC on a two-year deal (with an option for 2026) following his release a few months ago.

The 19-year-old was a regular feature in MLS NEXT Pro, appearing in all but two possible matches for WFC2 last year. The last two seasons saw him suit up 45 times in all, with the right-back tallying five assists before his somewhat surprising release. He’s no stranger to Vasco Fry, who played alongside him aplenty at WFC2.

“Bah is a ball of fire, full of personality, pace, and energy,” said VFC boss Afshin Ghotbi. “I foresee a bright future for a young player with the technical and physical speed who can play both sides of the game.”

Bah had joined the Whitecaps Academy when he was 17. Before that he developed in hometown Ottawa with the St. Anthony Futuro Soccer Academy. He won’t be the only VFC player to hail from the nation’s capital, with Gabriel Bitar also calling Ottawa home.

“I am very excited to take the next step in my career with Vancouver FC,” adds Bah himself. “I am thankful for and have enjoyed playing football in this province, which I consider a second home, and the fact that I get to continue my football path here is very special to me.”

“I’m looking forward to proving what I’m capable of in Canada’s top league.” 

It’s worth noting that while he settled into a right-sided full-back role last season, he can play on both flanks and push himself further up the wing, too. At the moment, VFC has a surplus of full-backs: the right-back spot has Kadin Chung and James Cameron (though the former could be used elsewhere), while Paris Gee can fill in that spot as well. Like Bag, however, players like Chung and Gee are quite versatile.

Incredibly, Bah will be the seventh player on the roster who can contribute domestic U-21 minutes for the side this year, with this offseason even seeing the club smash its own youngest player record with the signing of Grady McDonnell.

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