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Vancouver to make major player announcement Tuesday

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are ready to make a major player announcement on Tuesday morning, and while there is no clear evidence of who the player is, there are plenty of rumors swirling about where the player might be from.

There is a strong belief the player is of Africa descent after well-known Nigerian journalist Colin Udoh wrote on Twitter that a captain of an African national team was going to be announced as the first MLS Designated Player from Africa in a Tuesday press conference.

Marc Weber of The Province is reporting that the player is a forward, which would allow the Whitecaps to slide Camilo Sanvezzo to the wing.

What do you think of this development? Who are you hoping the player is?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. helped his team to promotion, is only 24 and the league has had some good success with Gambians so far. The DP part might be questionable at first, but i have to applaud Vancouvewr and the league for continually trying to find talent in odd places

  2. Mons executive were left in the cold when Mustapha-Toubabo Jarju failed to show up at the club board’s meeting over a possible contract renewal.
    Jarju’s contract with the Dragons of Mons is nearing its end, and club chairman Dominque Leone is eager to hand his price asset a contract renewal before big clubs comes knocking.
    The former Gambia U-17 captain is understood to have a lot of offers with the bulk coming from European suitors.

  3. He had to have at some point. I know Diarra is the normal captain, but perhaps for a few games.

    Kanoute was African footballer of the year a few years ago as well

  4. but he’s French. This would make sense though from an age perspective and the connection with henry. BUT he’s not a forward.

  5. Niang was at OM last season, injury aside, my guess is he’ll head to England or Italy after another seasan in Turkey once he heals before he’d head here

  6. After doing a bit of research I have narrowed my 3 choices down to 1

    And the winner is Freddie Kanoute….Its gotta be him!!!

    20 goals last year in all competitions, he will do nicely in MLS!!!!!

  7. He has the age, location (W. Africa), captaincy at U-17, and goals in Europe, but he is listed as a midfielder.

  8. The only West African strikers I can find that are under 25 and have possibly scored 20 goals in all competitions this year would be Teteh Bangura (from Sierra Leone, plays in Sweden) and Modibo Maiga (from Mali, plays with Sochaux).

  9. it has to be Peter Utaka…but i thought the first African DP was easily Doctor Khumalo!!!!!!!!!

    i would pay him DP money any day

  10. I checked all the facts and most likely it’s one of the two Senegal national team players that scored 20 goals in europe last year,or Sow or Cisse. The last clue offered up was that he was NOT a known name to most and they fit the bill.


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