Sambégou Bangoura

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Sambégou Bangoura
Sambegou Bangoura 2006.jpg
Personal information
Full name Sambégou Bangoura
Date of birth (1982-04-03) 3 April 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth Conakry, Guinea
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
AS Kaloum Star
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Lokeren 85 (51)
2004–2005 Standard Liège 53 (21)
2005–2007 Stoke City 28 (17)
2007 Brussels (loan) 12 (4)
2007 Boavista 13 (5)
2008 Cádiz (loan) 10 (7)
2009–2013 Panserraikos 70 (25)
2011 Al-Ahly Tripoli (loan) 0 (0)
2013– AS Kaloum Star
National team
2004– Guinea 22 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 June 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 June 2013

Sambégou Bangoura (born 3 April 1982 in Conakry) is a Guinean football player who is currently playing for AS Kaloum Star. As a youth, Bangoura also excelled at table tennis, which is the national sport of Guinea.


Bangoura started his footballing career in Belgium with Lokeren and then Standard Liège before leaving for to play in the The Championship with Stoke City. transferred for £900,000 in August 2005, a club record fee at that time.[1] He began the 2005–06 season well scoring eight goals in ten matches but was hampered after he failed to return to the club after playing in the Africa Cup of Nations.[2]

In June 2006, he did not return to pre-season training for the 2006–07 season and a club statement confirmed that Bangoura would be fined on his eventual return.[3] On 4 August 2006, one day before club's first game against Southend United, he returned to The Potters. He claimed the reason for his late arrival was that he could not get a passport for his young daughter, who had to remain in Guinea. Bangoura was handed his first start of the season against Burnley, however he lasted only 43 minutes before limping off due to injury. He failed to cement a starting place, and speculations for a loan or permanent move arose.

Bangoura joined FC Brussels on a 6-month loan on 11 January 2007, in the hope to get first team action. The personal problems he had experienced in England continued in Belgium. On 13 August 2007, Bangoura signed for Portuguese club Boavista F.C. for a fee of £270,000.[4] He would not last long, as he joined Spain's Cádiz CF on loan, during the January transfer window. He then joined Greek side Panserraikos in 2009[5] where he stayed until March 2013.

In April 2013, he joined AS Kaloum Star.[6]

International career[edit]

He was part of the Guinean 2004 African Nations Cup team, who finished second in their group in the first round of competition, before losing 2–1 in the quarter finals to Mali. Bangoura played again in the 2006 African Nations Cup, with a prominent role in the country's three group wins before the team was knocked out in the quarter finals by Senegal in a match which ended 3–2. He failed to turn up at Stoke City after the tournament, as he stayed in Guinea due to family problems.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 2005–06 Championship 24 9 1 0 0 0 25 9
2006–07 Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career Total 28 9 1 0 0 0 29 9


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