The Profile of
the Guinean Born Liberian-Keita Mandjou
Full name Keita Mandjou
Date of birth -November 28, 1979 (1979-11-28)
Place of birth -Guinea
Height -1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position -Attacking Midfielder/Forward
Current club Portland Timbers
As Liberia prepares for the new breed of Lone
Star aimed at booking a place in the 2012 nations cup as well as other
major International competitions, more Liberian footballers are coming
to the fore who are showcasing their talents in some professional
With Sekou Jabateh Oliseh discovered in Russia
with CSKA Moscow, Edmond and Desmond Chappy doing well with Norwegian
second division club, Valdres FK., Alex Jackson in Australia with
Adelaide Omonia FC commonly known as Adelaide Cobras., Mohammed Soto
in France as well as Quincy Johnson also on top of his game with first
division outfit, Leaonidas football club in Rotterdam, Holland and
the list is endless, another player, who is considered national goal
scorer in the form of Keita Mandjou has also been discovered and wants
to help Liberia make amends in International competitions.
Below is a bit of the player who was born in
Guinea, but wants to play for the country he belong to, Liberia.
Keita Mandjou (born November 28, 1979) is a
Guinean born Liberian professional footballer who currently plays for
Portland Timbers in the USL First Division.
Mandjou began his professional career in Malaysia
with Perak FA, making his debut on September 12, 2004 against PKNS FC.
He impressed Perak's fans so much that he was carried off the pitch by
two jubilant fans after the match. He went on to play a key role in
Perak's Malaysian FA Cup winning team, which led to his contract being
renewed for the 2005 season.
Mandjou won the Golden Boot award for the 2006
season, scoring 17 goals. He was one of the three nominees for the
Favorite Import Player award in the inaugural Malaysian football
awards but he did not win.
He was linked with a move away from the club to
Indonesian team Persija Jakarta in 2007, but did not let those rumors
affect his on-pitch performance, and ended up Perak's top scorer once
again for the 2006/2007 season.
Mandjou was released from his contract at the end
of the 2007 season due to "family issues", and after attending trials
with French side FC Lorient. He signed with Bruneian side Brunei DPMM
FC, and played one season for them in the Singaporean S. League.
In January 2009, Mandjou signed with the Portland
Timbers in the USL First Division. Mandjou's preferred playing
position is as a striker, but he can also operate in midfield behind
the front two.
Mandjou was a member and captain of the Guinea
U-23 national team, but the goal scorer is now eager to showcase his
talent for his motherland, Liberia.