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VFC signs another homegrown talent

Defender Elage Bah signs a two-year contract with a club option
Vancouver FC has announced the signing of another Canadian talent, defender Elage Bah, on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2026 season. (Beau Chevalier/VFC/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Canadian defender Elage Bah will join the Vancouver FC 2024 roster, on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2026 season. It was announced Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Bah, 19, becomes the seventh domestic U-21 player to join Vancouver for the 2024 season, , joining defenders Tyler Crawford, Anthony White, and James Cameron; midfielder Grady McDonnell; and forwards Mouhamadou ‘Mamadou’ Kane and Taryck ‘TJ’ Tahid.

Head Coach Afshin Ghotbi described Bah as “a ball of fire, full of personality, pace, and energy,” adding “I foresee a bright future for a young player with the technical and physical speed who can play both sides of the game.”

Bah was born in Ottawa, Ont. but has called Vancouver home for the last three years. He joined the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy program in August 2020 at the age of 16.

Bah signed his first professional contract with Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) of MLS Next Pro in March 2022, ahead of the league’s inaugural season. He has spent the last two seasons at WFC2, at times playing alongside now-VFC teammate Vasco Fry. Bah made 12 starts in 19 appearances in 2022, scoring one goal and registering three assists. In his second season with WFC2, Bah made 20 starts in 26 appearances and registered 1,861 minutes, the third most within the squad.

“I am very excited to take the next step in my career with Vancouver FC,” said Bah. “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.”

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