The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Gambian striker Mustapha Jarju as club’s second Designated Player – pending his international transfer certificate. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“Mustapha is a proven goalscorer at the club level in Europe,” Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi said in a release. “He has pace and the ability to find the back of the net with regularity, as he did during his successful spell in Belgium. Mustapha will be a great addition toour strike force.”
Jarju joins Whitecaps FC after three seasons with Belgian club Royal Albert-Elisabeth Club (RAEC) de Mons. Last season, the native of Banjul, Gambia, helped RAEC Mons win promotion to Belgium’s top-flight Jupiler Pro League after two seasons in the Belgian Second Division. During the 2010-11 season, the 24-year-old scored 25 goals and added 13 assists in all competitions, including 18 goals in 33 league matches, four goals in six playoff games, and three goals in two Belgian Cup matches. The six-foot, 160-pound striker scored 43 goals in 118 appearances.
“I am very happy to begin the next stage of my career with Vancouver Whitecaps FC and play in a one of the rising leagues in the world in MLS,” added Jarju in a release. “I had many options throughout Europe and the Middle East but Whitecaps FC made me feel very welcome and the city is beautiful. Recently, I have watched several matches and believe the club is ready to push for the playoffs.”
Internationally, Jarju, is alternate captain of the Gambian national team and has scored four goals in 25 senior appearances, primarily as midfielder, for the West African nation
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