February 26, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Polish Premier League club Wisła Krakow will offer Sierra Leone attacking midfielder cum striker, Mustapha ‘Haji’ Bangura, another opportunity to regain full fitness which could see him sign a contract with the club.
The club recently turned down the prospect to sign the former Old Edwardians forward after completion of a week’s trials with them during their training camp in Turkey on the grounds that the player’s physical ability was lacking.
However, the club’s technical team was impressed with Bangura’s technical ability which has convinced them to offer him the chance to regain his physical fitness with the club.
According to Wisła Krakow club website, the 25-year-old forward arrived at John Paul II Balice International Airport in Poland on Wednesday morning to undergo physical training with them with an option to sign a deal.
“Mustapha Bangura during testing in Turkey has convinced us with his football skills, [however] doubts aroused with his health, because the player has been injured in the past with a car accident. A decision was agreed that he will undergo further rehabilitation in Myślenice. This was agreed after talks with the player, his staff and medical training team,” Krakow president Robert Gaszyński said.
“We firmly believe that with additional exercise, rehabilitation specialists, the player will reach his full efficiency. Also a decision to sign a contract with the player will depend on the results of his rehabilitation,” Gaszyński added.
In 2008, Bangura joined AC Omonoia before switching the following year to the Limassol club and helped them win the Cypriot Cup in the 2009-10 season, scoring the opening goal of the final. In his 72 league appearances, he scored 24 goals for the side.
The attacking midfielder in 2012 signed a two-year deal with Cyprus Premier League side, AEK Larnaca.
He was involved in a car accident driving to Sierra Leone’s second city Bo from Freetown to watch a local football league match in 2011. The accident almost ended his career after breaking two bones in his left arm and one in his lower left leg.
Last year he played with Cyprus second division club Nikos & Sokratis Erimis.