Umaru Bangura

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Umaru Bangura
Umaru Bangura.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Zürich
Number 17
Youth career
2004–2005 Mighty Blackpool
2005 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Hønefoss 123 (7)
2010–2013 Haugesund 81 (1)
2014–2016 Dinamo Minsk 58 (0)
2016– Zürich 51 (1)
National team
2006– Sierra Leone 43 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2017

Umaru Bangura, MOR (born October 7, 1987) is a Sierra Leonean international footballer.[1] He is a central defender who can also operate in midfield. Bangura currently plays for FC Zürich in the Swiss Super League and for the Leone Stars, Sierra Leone national football team.[2]

Career[edit]

Bangura started his senior career with Hønefoss BK in Norway.

In January 2011, Bangura moved to Eliteserien club FK Haugesund. He made his league debut for the club on 20 March 2011 in a 2-0 away loss to Tromsø IL. He was subbed on in the 71st minute for Ugonna Anyora.[3] He scored his first league goal for the club on 25 September 2011 in a 1-0 home victory over Aalesunds FK. His goal came in the 54th minute.[4]

During the English 2013 summer transfer window, Bangura attracted interest from Premier League side Crystal Palace, but the move failed to materialise.[5][6]

In December 2013 Bangura agreed to move to FC Dinamo Minsk in the Vysheyshaya Liga.[7] He made his league debut for the club on 30 March 2014 in a 1-0 away victory over FC Dnepr Mogilev. He played all ninety minutes of the match.[8]

In August 2016 he signed a three years contract with Swiss club FC Zürich.[9] He made his league debut for the club on 22 August 2016 in a 1-0 home victory over Neuchâtel Xamax. He was subbed on for Armando Sadiku in the 84th minute.[10] He scored his first league goal for the club on 2 October 2016 in a 5-0 away victory over FC Wohlen. His goal, scored in the 61st minute, made the score 4-0 to Zürich.[11]

International carrer[edit]

By November 2018, Bangura was the national team captain.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 July 2015[13]
Season Club League League Cup Continental Play-offs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006 Hønefoss Adeccoligaen 15 0 - - 15 1
2007 23 0 - - 23 0
2008 27 2 - - 27 2
2009 29 3 1 0 - - 30 3
2010 Tippeligaen 29 2 4 1 - 3 0 36 3
2011 Haugesund 24 1 4 0 - - 28 1
2012 29 0 1 0 - - 30 0
2013 28 0 4 0 - - 32 0
2014 Dinamo Minsk Vysheyshaya Liga 23 0 0 0 7 0 - 30 0
2015 22 0 3 0 1 0 - 17 0
2016 22 0 3 0 1 0 - 17 0
Career total 240 8 17 0 8 0 3 0 268 8

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Sierra Leone's goal tally first.[14]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 31 May 2014 National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone  Swaziland 1–0 1–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 19 July 2014 National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone  Seychelles 2–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 28 March 2016 National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone  Gabon 1–0 1–0 Friendly
4. 10 June 2017 National Stadium, Freetown, Sierra Leone  Kenya 2–0 2–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'Zangalay' Bangura receives Presidential award". slconcordtimes.com. SL Concord Times. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  2. ^ "Player profile". National-Football-Teams.com. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Tromso vs. Haugesund – 20 March 2011 – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Haugesund vs. Aalesunds – 25 September 2011 – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Transfer News: Crystal Palace launch move for Umaru Bangura". Sky Sports. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Crystal Palace plot double deal as Eagles eye up Umaru Bangura and Osman Sow". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Bangura klar for utenlandsk klubb". Nettavisen (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Dnepr Mogilev vs. Dinamo Minsk – 30 March 2014 – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Innenverteidiger Umaru Bangura wechselt zum FC Zürich" (in German). fcz.ch. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Zurich vs. Neuchatel Xamax – 22 August 2016 – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Wohlen vs. Zurich – 2 October 2016 – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Sierra Leone Captain: "We're the Ones Suffering"". bbc.com. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Umaru Bangura". http://www.altomfotball.no/. Retrieved 26 December 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ "Bangura, Umaru". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 June 2017.

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