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Bangura, Kamara continue goal scoring form

June 2, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Sierra Leone striking pair, Mohamed ‘Poborsky’ Bangura and Kei Kamara, were both on target over the weekend as they continue their good goal-scoring form in both the Swedish Allsvenskan league and the U.S. Major League Soccer (the MLS) respectively.

Bangura’s goal in AIK’s 3-1 win over Helsingborg was his third of the season and his second successive goal from two matches. Swedish striker Nabil Bahoui opened the scoring for AIK in the 37th minute before Ramic Simovic levelled things up before half time.

But the home side regained their lead through Bahoui in the 67th minute, and 10 minutes later, the Sierra Leone striker sealed the win for the home side thus sending the home supporters into ecstasy with the ‘Bang Bang Bangura’ song.

After the match, Bangura told Swedish journalists at the mix zone: “I’m always happy. Everyone knows that I am always happy. I get frustrated as a child when we lose, but otherwise I’m always happy.”

In the Swedish first division, midfielder Ibrahim Kallay – despite not being on the score sheet –played an important role in helping IFK Lulea secure a 4-1 win over Huddinge. Another Sierra Leonean, Ishmael Koroma, was in action in the first division league as his Nyköping side were held to a goalless draw by Akropolis.

In the MLS, the goals just keep coming for striker Kei Kamara. His snap-header from a Waylon Francis cross gave Columbus Crew a 2-1 lead against Orlando City, but the home side grabbed a point from the match, thanks to Pedro Ribeiro’s 89th minute striker.

Kamara’s goal was his 10th of the year and the forward was pleased with Francis’s pass, noting: “It was a great cross; I just want to be dangerous and keep doing that. I got lucky again to be on that side of the goal. It’s a good goal.”

The former Norwich City and Middlesbrough striker continues to lead the MLS scoring chart. He is the first Crew player to reach double-digit goals in a season. Kamara is one goal short of his career high that came in 2012, when he played in 33 games for Sporting Kansas City.