Bangura against Elfsborg in his second spell at AIK.
|Date of birth||27 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Kambia, Sierra Leone|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Current club||Elfsborg (on loan from Celtic)|
|2010||→ IFK Värnamo (loan)||13||(12)|
|2012||→ AIK (loan)||10||(4)|
|2013||→ Elfsborg (loan)||27||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Mohamed Bangura (born 27 July 1989) is a professional footballer from Sierra Leone who currently plays as a striker for Allsvenskan club Elfsborg, on loan from Scottish Premiership club Celtic and the Sierra Leone national football team.
Bangura started his youth career at FC Kallon where he became an important player for the team. In the beginning of 2010 he earned his first international cap in a 1–0 loss to Senegal in Dakar. He represented FC Kallon at the World Youth Tournament Viareggio Cup 2010 and scored a goal against Napoli SC where FC Kallon lost by 2–3, he also took part in a match against Chivas Guadalarja of Mexico. In the final game he scored a brace against AC Parma but FC Kallon lost 2–3.
On 19 March 2010, Swedish third tier side IFK Värnamo (coached by the former Sweden midfielder Jonas Thern) announced they had signed Bangura on loan for the forthcoming season. At the Småland club Bangura made an immediate impact; when half of the season was played, Bangura had scored 12 goals in 13 league games, turning Värnamo into one of the division's top sides. Experts professed the club had signed a gem and that it would only be a matter of time before Bangura would be swooped by top clubs.
On 19 July 2010, AIK announced that they had signed Bangura on a 3,5 year contract tying him to the club until the end of 2013. It was made clear that AIK was not the only major Swedish side to have shown interest in signing Bangura. Örebro SK, at the time one of the top Allsvenskan teams, were also interested but decided to pass due to Bangura being injured. AIK, on the other hand, had scouted Bangura thoroughly for a long time and wanted to make a quick deal. On 24 July 2010, Bangura made his Allsvenskan debut for AIK against Malmö FF away by coming in as a substitute in the 74th minute. On 28 July, Bangura was in the starting eleven in AIK's next fixture, the UEFA Champions League qualifier at home against Rosenborg BK. The game ended with a 0–1 defeat for AIK but Bangura received lots of praise for his performance in the game. On 8 August 2010, Bangura scored his first two goals in AIK's 2–1 victory over IF Brommapojkarna. Two months after signing for the club, Egyptian side Al Ahly had a 4 million bid to sign Bangura turned down. At the end of the season, AIK would went on to finish eleventh place and Bangura finished his first half-season at the club with six goals in thirteen appearance.
In 2011 season, Bangura formed a striking partnership with newly signing Teteh Bangura and together, they formed a line of attack in number of games. Then, on 17 April 2011, Bangura scored twice in a match with a 2-2 draw against Elfsborg and when they meet again on 31 July 2011, the match proved to be a last partnership with both Bangura's, as they moved to a new club. As they formed a partnership, both Bangura's scored the combination of twenty-two goals in the league. In the summer transfer window, Bangura attracted interests from clubs around Europe like Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow and Club Brugge. Then, on 28 August 2011, Bangura made his last appearance for the club, in a 1-0 win over Syrianska.
On 30 August 2011, Bangura signed a four-year deal with Celtic for a fee of around £2.2million. He is the first Sierra Leonean to play for Celtic. He was recommended to Celtic by former striker and fan favourite Henrik Larsson. Bangura made his Celtic debut for Celtic on 10 September. Coming on as a 68th minute substitute for Anthony Stokes in a 4–0 victory against Motherwell at Celtic Park. Bangura then made his next appearance against Atlético Madrid in the Europa League group stage, coming on as a 75th minute substitute. His first start for the club came on 29 September in a 1–1 draw with Italian side Udinese. He endured a nightmare start at Celtic after having failed to hit a single first-team goal and has since fallen out of favour as manager Neil Lennon preferred strikers Gary Hooper, Anthony Stokes and Georgios Samaras in the first team. It went from bad to worse for Bangura when he suffered an knee injury which kept him out for three months despite the fact he did not require surgery, manager Neil Lennon admitted that Bangura had not responded well to treatment and an operation may be required to cure the problem. After 3 months recuperating, Bangura was once again ruled out for 16 weeks ans missed the reminder of the season. Manager Neil Lennon said of the injury: "He had a scan and it revealed he needed surgery. The surgery was a success and he is coming back up today. But he is going to be out for 12–16 weeks. It's unfortunate for him. It was possibly the reason why he hasn't recaptured his form. Maybe it was hampering him a bit." Bangura soon left Celtic and won't come back until December 2012, returning to AIK Solna. While at Celtic, Bangura was subjected of being prank by Celtic team-mates. For example, Team-mates Kris Commons, Joe Ledley and Scott Brown made a farewell prank before Bangura left Celtic. At his last training with the Hoops, Bangura found his Audi was covered in Post-It notes.
Loan to Swedish Clubs
In late of August 2012, he once again joined AIK, this time on loan until the end of 2012. After the move, Bangura says returning to the club can revive his deadly reputation and believe going back to Sweden is a good boost for his career. He played his first match on 2 September, in a match against Helsingborgs IF. He scored his first goal in the next round in a derby against Djurgårdens IF, the match ended 3–0 to AIK. On 30 September he scored two goals in a match against GIF Sundsvall. On 8 November, Bangura scored the game-winning goal against PSV Eindhoven, in the UEFA Europa League. During his stay, he scored a total of 5 goals in 16 matches, in Allsvenskan and UEFA Europa League.
At the beginning of January 2013, Bangura joined Swedish 2012 champions Elfsborg on a 1-year loan from Celtic, in a new venture for the club's forthcoming Champions League qualification campaign. The estimated cost for Bangura's loan is to be £1 million. At Elfsborg, Bangura started to improve his goalscoring form, unlike his time at AIK, including a brace in a 6-0 win over Brommapojkarna on 23 May 2013.
- Scores and results list Sierra Leone's goal tally first.
|1.||27 March 2011||Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey||Niger||
||2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier|
|2.||3 September 2011||National Stadium, Freetown||Egypt||
||2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier|
Bangura has stated that Värnamo manager Jonas Thern has had an enormous importance for his development as a football player, and looks upon Thern as an extra father.
In the Autumn of 2010, Bangura was to become a father for the first time. However, tragedy struck and the child died during birth.
- As of 5 November 2013
- Sierra Leone Player of the Year: 2011
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