Johnny McKinstry eager for Umaru Bangura to be fit against Cameroon


Photo:Dinamo Minsk central defender Bangura

Sierra Leone head coach Johnny McKinstry says there is a chance Leone Stars skipper Umaru Bangura could be fit to lead Sierra Leone against Cameroon next month.

The Dinamo Minsk central defender Bangura, picks up a groin injury in Abidjan, and did not feature in Sierra Leone’s 2 nil defeat at home to DRC Leopards.

“My new physio Matthew Hylla will assess Bangura’s injury, we have enough time and the medical team are confident Umaru will be fit to lead the team against Cameroon, we look forward to having him back on the field in a green shirt,” McKinstry said.

“It’ll be a big blow for us if Bangura doesn’t fit in time to play but we have other players to fill the gap.

Meanwhile, The Irishman is also concern about the suspension for Al-Hilal based Central defender David Simbo, who will not be part of the squad after picking up his second yellow card last Wednesday against DRC Leopards.

“Simbo has been instrumental in previous matches, and is a concern not to have him. We’ll miss him but will make up for him against Cameroon,” McKinstry reiterated.

However, until otherwise instructed by CAF this September, The DRC Republic second largest city Lubumbashi is the home for Sierra Leone 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers

Sierra Leone currently rooted bottom of the Group D table with no points, while group leaders Cameroon will be desperate to complete the job by asking all the questions when the two nations meet second week October.

Sierra Leone is seeking a third Nations Cup finals place, their only two having come in 1994 and 1996. With four matches to go, they will face the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon twice in October, before hosting Ivory Coast and their final group match is away to DR Congo Leopards in Group D on the road to Morocco 2015.


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