24 June 2008

Sierra Leone: Bangura Joins AC Omonia

Freetown — Leone Stars' fast-rising midfielder, Mustapha Haji Bangura has called it quit with his Cyprus-based club, NEA Salamina for another, AC Omonoia on a three-year contract.

According to report, AC Omonoia signed him with his number 10 jersey from NEA Salamina thus making Bangura become the first Sierra Leonean player to be signed with his jersey.

Bangura told Concord Sports that though the new contract term was satisfactory to him and his former club, he decided to make a switch over to AC Omonoia after NEA Salamina were relegated to the lower division.

"This is a big move for me. AC Omonoia is the biggest and richest club in Cyprus and they also have the largest fans. I am now aiming to get a good season with them and make my name and lift my country higher," he said.

Bangura revealed that he had earlier turned down offers from FC Torino in Italy , Strasburg FC in Germany and another offer from Denmark .

"The offers were not good for me. That is why I decided to stay in Cyprus and join AC Omonoia," the former NEA Salamina striker who scored 13 goals for the club said and maintained that some of the clubs are still chasing him despite his signing for AC Omonoia.

He also mentioned that he went through test with French league one side, AS Monaco in January but a deal did not strike before the January transfer windows' deadline.

Bangura will now join the likes of Nigerian defender Rasheed Alabi and Rwandan defender Hamad Ndikumana at the new club.

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