Umaru Bangura available for Comoros friendly in Turkey


November 11, 2021

By Sahr Morris Jnr

Neuchâtel Xamax defender, Umaru Bangura, is available to lead Sierra Leone against Comoros for their International friendly doubleheader this month in Turkey.

Bangura, 34, missed Leone Stars two friendlies in Morocco international mini tournament due to injury and has already played three times this season for the Switzerland Challenge League side and was an unused sub in their 0-3 defeat to FC Schaffhausen and the 1-1 draw with Winterthur.

Another notable inclusion is Austria-based winger; George Kweku Davies. The SKN St. Pölten midfielder has been a long time absentee from the national team and, he last played in the Africa World Cup qualifiers 1st Round clash in Freetown.

The former FC Johansen and SpVgg Greuther Fürth midfielder had his first call-up to the Sierra Leone national team in August 2012 against Cape Verde. He made his senior international debut in 2013 against Tunisia in a 2-1 away defeat. His performance against Ivory Coast in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers in the first leg in Abidjan could always be remembered by Sierra Leoneans and Ivoirians alike; not for the result but the remarkable performance of the teenage sensation and his clinical pass to Kei Kamara for the curtain-raiser in that match.

Coach John Keister also re-called Italian based Cattolica Calcio 1923 midfielder, Rodney Strasser who was out of the squad against Benin in the final 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifying match in Conakry, Guinea, as well as the International mini tourney in Morocco.

Keister will be without China-based striker Mohamed Buya Turay, Randers forward, Alhaji “Andrianho” Kamara, David Sesay, Issa Kallon, Sahr Moseray and Mustapha Bundu.