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Vancouver Whitecaps ace Manneh going after US citizenship

Vancouver Whitecaps star Kekuta Manneh is eyeing a potential USA national team berth.

The 20-year old Gambian-born striker is set to undertake the US citizenship process in order to gain the opportunity to represent his adopted nation.

Manneh arrived in the US from Africa in 2010 and is eligible to receive his American passport in August 2016 but admits he hasn't yet decided if he will pledge his allegiance to Gambia or the US.

"If I have the chance, I would definitely want to play for the US, I definitely want to represent them," Manneh told MLSsoccer.com's 'ExtraTime Radio' program on Monday.

"I haven't decided if I want to play for the US or if I want to play for Gambia yet. It's a dream up there. But either choice would be great for me. I have family here, I have family in Gambia as well, so it would be great.

"I'm still waiting for that passport. My agent just informed me that the national team is interested and they've been keeping tabs on me.

"They tell me just keep my head down, don't think about it, it's a long process from now, just do what I've been doing and when the time comes we'll see what will happen.

"I'm still very young, and all I'm doing at this point is focusing on my Vancouver career.

"I'm not really worried about the national team right now. It will happen in the future, but they have definitely contacted me."

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