January 24, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr
Sierra Leone international, Alhassan Bangura (Al Bangura) has joined England National League North side, Nuneaton Town.
The former Watford and Forrest Green Rovers midfielder signed a six months deal with the sixth tier English football side and can’t wait to get started for his new club.
Confirming the deal on the club’s website, the club’s gaffer, Tommy Wright said: “I am delighted to be able to bring Al to the club. I had a spell playing alongside him at Forest Green Rovers and quite simply he was a class above. He should never have been playing at that level but sometimes things like injuries and a change of management can dictate situations.
“If we can get him fit and playing regularly, he can be a big asset to us both on and off-the-pitch. He is professional, experienced and alongside the likes of Exodus and Langers, he will provide calmness on the field and a wise voice in the dressing room.”
Wright further stated that Al Bangura is a leader and a fighter who is hungry to be successful and not afraid to roll his sleeves to face any challenge.
The 28 year-old first played for Watford youth set-up in 2004 and later progressed to make over 70 senior appearances for the Hornets, which saw him scooped the club’s Young Player of the Season award along the way and also helped them gain premier league promotion.
Bangura made 16 Premier League appearances. After his Watford spell, Al Bangura had a loan spell with Brighton & Hove Albion and later joined Blackpool on a non-contract basis and spent a season with the club.
He then joined Forest Green Rovers in readiness for the 2011/12 season after spending some time in Azerbaijan with Tony Adams’ Gabala. Rocked by injury, the midfielder’s progress was halted as he later joined Coventry City, where he stayed for the second half of the 2014/15 campaign before having a spell out of the game and returning at the turn of 2016 with St. Albans City.