Gambian striker Kekuta Manneh last week bumped into his idol Javier Hernandez who goes by his sobriquet Chicharito.
The 20-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward met the popular Mexican striker on Wednesday in a “really random and funny” encounter in downtown Montreal.
“I went to a coffee shop with [Pa-Modou Kah and Robert Earnshaw],” Manneh told whitecapsfc.com. “Then I went to the bathroom and when I came out, Pa was like, ‘Hey, there’s Chicharito.’ I couldn’t believe it. I said, ‘No way.’ But then I turned around and saw a guy that looked exactly like him.’
Just to make sure, Manneh went up to the man and asked if he was Chicharito, before enjoying a brief conversation with him. Manneh said that Chicharito asked where he was from, before spotting the Whitecaps FC logo on his jacket and saying: “Oh, you guys have a game tonight.”
Manneh, who supports Manchester United, is a big Chicharito fan. In fact, back when Manneh was a member of Texas Rush, “Chicharito” became his nickname because his teammates knew how much he liked the Man United striker, who spent this past season on loan with Real Madrid.
“I love his game,” Manneh said. “He’s a pure finisher and everything a striker should be. His finishing abilities, getting the box, finishing with his head, his foot … he’s a big threat and I’m a big fan of his.”
So you could probably imagine how Manneh felt when he ran into Chicharito on Wednesday – in Montreal, of all places. “I told the guys and nobody believed me, so I showed them the picture,” Manneh said. “It was really surprising. So cool, but so random.”
Manneh on Saturday scored a superb goal as the Caps’ ended the LA Galaxy’s 29-game winning stretch at home with a 1-0 win.
The Gambian hopeful hasn’t responded to an official invitation to this weekend’s qualifier in South Africa but credible sources intimated to Observer Sports that the former Steve Biko prodigy could make himself available for selection in September’s home match with Cameroon.
Manneh is on a £396,000 annual salary for the 2015 Major League Soccer, an equivalent of a weekly wages of £7,615. His market value according to sportspayroll is £396,000 with a net worth of £1,326,600.