In the latest episode of CanPL.ca Newsroom’s Beyond the Pitch, CanPL.ca and OneSoccer’s Kristian Jack sits down for a fascinating chat with Pacific FC head coach Pa-Modou Kah ahead of PFC’s massive 2021 Canadian Championship tilt with British Columbia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps (Thursday, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on OneSoccer).
Kah discusses that match, how the Whitecaps shaped his coaching aspirations, and, you guessed it, much more. From his beginnings in the Gambia, distaste for the defensive football of Norway in the previous decades, to his people-first managing philosophy, this is a must-listen for any Canadian soccer fan.
2:31 – Why Pa-Modou Kah crossed “the dark side” from playing to coaching: I wanted to make a difference.. make a change.
7:43 – Kah speaks about his time growing up in “The” Gambia, as the most enjoyable time in his life and seeing snow for the first time in Norway
11:42 – When did Kah know he could make it as a professional? When his dad pulled him out of training: “I didn’t train no dumb footballer”
16:59 – How Pa found a home away from home in the Netherlands: “The fun left when you play defensively.”
22:10 – Pa on becoming the first black player on the Norwegian national team
31:20 – On former Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson “He truly helped me – he could have easily left me. He was a man to his word.”
32:45 – “Half of the team will be from the Whitecaps so this will be a great chance for the players to measure themselves.”
34:10 – Kah on his team’s ascension during COVID-19 era: “If you leave the game as a better person you leave the game as a better person.”
38:30: Kah offers a glimpse into tactics through “morals and values” starting with Victor Blasco
45:30 – Who was the best player Kah’s ever faced face? A certain Manchester United legend comes to mind…