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‘Poborsky’ Bangura completes AIK return

DECEMBER 8, 2014  By Sahr Morris Jr.

Sierra Leone striker, Mohamed ‘Poborsky’ Bangura, has gladly completed his third term comeback to Swedish club AIK Solna, but this time in a two-year deal with an option for an extended year.

The 25-year-old, who recently recovered from a knee ligament injury, had a two weeks workout with the Swedish giant before finally putting pen to paper last Friday.

The new deal will see the former Celtic and Istanbul BB forward pull on the 23 jersey after playing with both 20 (2010-11) and 75 (2012) jerseys in previous spells.

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to belong to AIK again. I have realized that I made many AIK supporters sad when I went on loan from Celtic to Elfsborg, and it hurts to see AIK supporters in such sad mood. I’ve gotten a little older and a little wiser, and therefore I have signed a contract with AIK again. My main focus now is to put all my effort to prepare myself and the team to win titles with AIK,” Bangura told journalists at his official unveiling ceremony on Friday.

AIK’s Sports Director, Bjorn Wesström, said they are happy to get Bangura back because of his qualities, and believes he will help them to achieve glory next season.

He said: “AIK has recruited a player who has qualities that make a difference in the top half of the table where we want to compete. Seeing him play football is beautiful and historically it has been at its most beautiful in the AIK shirt. Mohamed’s determination and insight into the process that led us to this agreement, together with the coaches’ ambition and planes, have made the decision logical to conclude.”

‘Poborsky’ Bangura first joined AIK from IFK Varnamo-Division 1 South in July 2010 after an impressive display, scoring 12 goals in 13 games played, and quickly developed into a class player. He scored his first goal for AIK on August 8 at home against IF Brommapojkarna (2-1) and his goal gave his team the lead in that match.

He later joined Celtic FC and made his debut on September 10, 2011 against Motherwell FC at home at Celtic Park. After few months in Glasgow, he suffered a knee injury that kept him out for the rest of the season; and the lack of playing time saw Celtic loan him to AIK on August 28, 2012.

In January 2013, he joined IF Elfsborg on loan from Celtic, again scoring seven goals in 35 competitive matches he played.

On 31 January 2014, Bangura left Celtic on mutual consent before joining Istanbul Başakşehir FK in the Turkish second division league few days later. In Turkey, he scored a goal from eight matches before he left the club after helping them gain promotion.

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