Kekuta Manneh’s future will probably not be with Columbus Crew SC, but his destination for the 2018 season could be closer than many thought. After spending multiple weeks on trial in Germany, the 22-year-old winger is now being linked with Mexican giants Pachuca according to the local media.
Last night, Manneh posted a photo on his Twitter account in Mexico, attending Copa MX final that saw Pachuca lose to rivals Monterrey. According to local journalist Alfonso Rivero, the former Crew SC player is a target for Pachuca. He would be signed to replace Uruguayan Jonathan Urretaviscaya, who switched sides to join Monterrey for the 2018 season.
Manneh’s contract with Major League Soccer ended at the conclusion of the 2017 season and shortly after he went on trial with German’s second division club Union Berlin in the beginning of December. However, his experience in Europe apparently was not so prolific, as he was not signed yet.
Last week, Manneh posted on his Twitter account that he was learning a new language. Some of his followers tried to guess what the idiom was and he said it was not German.
Ready to learn a different language bring on the books— Kekuta Manneh (@kekuta16) December 14, 2017
Manneh was acquired by Crew SC on a trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps in March. He played 24 matches with the club, scoring four goals and notching three assists. He had only nine starts, though, and made clear he would pursue an opportunity to have playing time somewhere else in 2018.
The Black & Gold, who still hold his MLS rights, extended an offer to him, but it appears he’s more likely to continue his career elsewhere.