Maryland Bobcats FC is pleased to announce the signing of forward Kay Banjo as the first professional signing in club history. Banjo is a skilled forward who can play across the front line and will add skill and toughness to the squad. Banjo will also be Captain for our first professional season.
"Kay is one of the players that believed in the project from the get go. When he came back from playing for the Riverhounds, we had a conversation about where we saw the club going, pitched the idea, and how we thought he could be a big part of growing the club," Jide Saba, Club President said. "He bought into the idea and project and gave up his USL Championship playing status to help build the club with the hope of bringing us pro. He sacrificed his pro contract to help the club, and now he’s being rewarded."
“We are really excited to welcome Kay Banjo back to Maryland Bobcats FC for our first season playing in NISA” said Evan Raimist, Vice President. “Banjo has had a great career so far and having had him on the team for the past 2 years, we know the quality he can bring day in, day out as well as his leadership for the rest of the team.”
Banjo started his collegiate career at Towson University where he played for three before transferring to University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2014. In 2015, Banjo was selected 38th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Banjo then signed with United Soccer League side Pittsburgh Riverhounds ahead of their 2017 season. He made his first professional career start in April 2017 against Saint Louis FC, where he scored his first career goal in the fifth minute of the match. Banjo also spent time with the Nigeria U23 squad as he is a dual citizen of the United States and Nigeria.
“Playing professional soccer is everything soccer players dream of, but to play on Maryland's only professional team is really exciting,” said Banjo. “It's a project that's been a long time coming and the time has finally arrived and I'm more than ecstatic to be a part of the culture. 'Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much'.”
Banjo will make an immediate impact on the team, setting the tone for what is a strong roster heading into 2021. He will be an extremely valuable addition to the club getting ready for the club's first professional season.